One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

by Anuradha Rao
One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

by Anuradha Rao


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★ “The activists’ stories are extraordinary...It’s a powerful answer to Rao’s framing questions: ‘Who is an environmental defender? What does she or he look like? Maybe like you. Maybe like me.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Thought-provoking reading for young people figuring out their own contributions. This valuable compilation shows that Earth’s salvation lies in the diversity of its people.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

One Earth profiles Black, Indigenous and People of Color who live and work as environmental defenders. Through their individual stories, the book shows that the intersection of environment and ethnicity is an asset to achieving environmental goals. The twenty short biographies introduce readers to diverse activists from all around the world, who are of many ages and ethnicities. From saving ancient trees on the West Coast of Canada, to protecting the Irrawaddy dolphins of India, to uncovering racial inequalities in the food system in the United States, these environmental heroes are celebrated by author and biologist Anuradha Rao, who outlines how they went from being kids who cared about the environment to community leaders in their field. One Earth is full of environmental role models waiting to be found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459818866
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 690,547
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anuradha Rao is a conservation biologist, writer and facilitator born and raised in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and currently based in unceded Coast Salish territories. She has worked on research, conservation, restoration, planning and stewardship projects with communities and organizations on the coasts of Canada and in 12 other countries. Her worldview and approach to science are heavily influenced by teachings from her Indian heritage and from Indigenous knowledge holders.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Getting People Involved 11

Gathering Young Voices: Brandon Nguyen, Canada and United States 13

Speaking the Language of Sustainability: Nana Firman, Indonesia and United States 21

Getting Your Outdoor Afro On: Rue Mapp, United States 31

Treasure Hunting: Ismail Ebrahim, South Africa 41

Chapter 2 Defending Lands and Waters 49

Protecting Ancient Relationships: Flávio Santi Ayuy Yú, Ecuador 51

Saving Giants: Ken Wu, Canada 61

Uniting for Clean Water: Willi Nolan-Campbell, Jamaica and Canada 69

Chapter 3 Cleaning Up The Mess 77

Spreading Spores: Daniel Reyes, United States 79

Preventing Cancer: Dr. Clotilda Yakimchulc, CM, Canada 87

Restoring Ancestral Waters: Richelle Kahui-McConnell, New Zealand 95

Chapter 4 Respecting Wisdom 105

Mapping Knowledge: Ghanimat Azhdari, Iran 107

Preserving Forest-People Relationships: Kendi Borona, Kenya 117

Understanding Fisheries: Saul Brown, 'Hazil'hba, Canada 125

Chapter 5 Saving the Animals 135

Discovering Dolphins: Dipani Sutaria, India 137

Living Vegan: Sameer Muldeen, Canada 145

Coexisting with Carnivores: Nitya Chari Harris, Canada 153

Chapter 6 Showing a Better Way 161

Feeding the Food Desert: Dominique Edwards, United States 163

Working in Balance: Lucassie Arragutainaq, Canada 171

Bridging the Gap: Nancy Huizar, United States 179

Finding the Source: William Padilla-Brown, United States 187

Glossary 196

Resources 199

Index 203

Acknowledgments 206

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