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Why Women Will Save the Planet

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Women's empowerment is critical to environmental sustainability, isn't it? When Friends of the Earth asked this question on Facebook half of respondents said yes and half said no, with women as likely to say no as men. This collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender

Kindle Edition, 213 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Zed Books (first published September 15th 2015)
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Joel Temple
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-justice
I'm not sure how many times I learned that women are most effected by climate change because they have provide water and fuel for cooking in most regions of the worl. But aside from this oft-repeated fact, many of the essays harped on the same concepts with just slightly different nuance. That being said there will still a couple original essays that really stood out and the overall message of this collection still resonated. The same society that treats women as invisible and their labor as ...more
I am a feminist and an environmentalist, so you would think that I would devour this book. Unfortunately, it was painful to get through. First, there are multiple typos which made for a distracting read. Secondly, very few of the essays actually conveyed helpful, insightful, novel information. Most of the essays repeated the same things or I felt were simply cheerleading. For example:

9 "We cannot separate out the need for gender equality from other struggles for fair, equal, and environmentally
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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"Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, was fond of recounting a children's story she'd been told on a visit to Japan. A huge fire breaks out in the forest, runs the tale. All the animals are transfixed and overwhelmed by the conflagration. All but a hummingbird, that is, who resolves to do something about it. She flies to the nearest stream, dips her beak into it, and drops a bead of water onto the flames. The elephant, the lion, the giraffe and the other ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
It is not that this book is bad by any means- it just falls flat. It is definitely written for those just being introduced to the idea of feminism and the environmental movement working more efficiently when hand-in-hand.

With such an amazing selection of women in this book, I was hoping for something that sparked my curiosity or lead me to think about the topic in a new way. That was not the case. I felt that the interviews were flat, the essays a bit long or somehow missing the mark, and the
Frances Haynes
Some bits of this were very interesting, particularly the bits related to food and land. However, many of the entries assumed capitalism as a given (the last entry is literally about women in boardrooms) just so off the mark, and many had an unhelpfully blunt understanding of gender. I think most people would find something useful in this so it might be worth picking up at a charity shop or the library and flipping through. IMO the most interesting chapters were the ones by Gotelind ...more
Emily Rush
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
some of the essays were really interesting and some were so boring i skipped them entirely, i love the subject but didnt find it particularly gave me much? also theres a LOT of abbreviations and in some cases more ‘jargon’ style language which makes some parts feel less accessible
Elsa Kivinen
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite the clickbait-y title, this books offers a lot of in-depth content, substance and diverse view points of view to discussions on gender and sustainability nexus, which is something I think is probably the book's biggest asset.

I especially enjoyed chapter 3 on the role of women in urban planning and how women are influenced by different urban infrastructures and designs. That chapter really inspired me to rediscover my interests in Urban Studies, since it reminded me that I actually find
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this for a book club. It's quite an academic collection of essays, and can be a little repetitive. Some of the authors only touch on women's involvement in the environmental movement. But there are some some very good chapters - Caroline Lucas's stands out - as well as some nuanced analysis of the reality of how women's lives and activism interact with issues of sustainability and preservation of the environment.
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