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The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change

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One cannot turn on the news today without a report on an extreme weather event or the latest update on Antarctica. But while our politicians argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than Indigenous peoples who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these changes for decades. For ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Pegasus Books
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating visits with indigenous groups, including the Skolt Sami and Nenets. Although I am awed by the resilience and attitudes of the people, I still struggle to see much hope for their lands and way of life.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book's central message is basically that indigenous cultures matter and that they should be protected, and I totally agree with that. This doesn't do the best job showing how non-indigenous people can learn from their good example though. The ways of semi-nomadic herders and fisherman can't exactly be scaled up for larger populations and denser living arrangements. Things like shifting cultivation agriculture should inspire the transition for our own agricultural systems but he doesn't even ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gleb has written a necessary book. In it he has distilled a lifetime of experience and many years of academic research.

Archipelago of Hope points us in a new direction at a time when our need for a new direction has become more than urgent. Modern concerns, the big question of anthropogenic ecosystem collapse and the threats to our civilisation of business-as-usual economics meet the perspectives of cultures whose core business has always been the stewardship of the land.

There is heartache,
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very decent book, this. Raygorodetsky travels between the Arctic and the Amazon, the Thai hills and the Canadian shores, to track Indigenous struggles for climate adaptation against the forces of commercial exploitation and governmental stupidity. It is heartfelt and well written, and it's clear that the author's sensitivity to the politics of environmental and indigenous issues informs the book in almost every way. Recommended, especially if you can find this from a library.
Andrew Blok
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
In The Archipelago of Hope, Gleb Raygorodetsky travels across the globe to visit various indigenous people groups to document and understand how climate change is affecting them and the guidance their traditional way of life can offer to the wider world in the face of climate change. Raygorodetsky visits indigenous peoples of Scandinavia, the Amazon, the steppe region of central Asia, Thailand, and the coast of British Columbia and gives a clear picture of their livelihoods and the ways they ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked this up seeing it on the "new" shelf at the library. I never read a book on climate change and what motivated me to read it was to hear about climate change from another perspective neither scientific or political.

Peoples from across the globe not only illustrated the horrors of climate change and resilience to globalization and power, but a beautiful, positive experience of humans and their effort to maintain tradition, culture, family, and spiritual connection to the earth.

Susan Marrier
This is a new (to me) approach to the problem of climate crisis. Raygorodetsky visits six different Indigenous communities from around the globe and learns from them how they have sustained their way of life for millennia, and how they are dealing with the challenges of climate change and other problems visited on them by neighbouring dominant cultures. I came away with a much deeper appreciation and understanding of the timeless wisdom of Indigenous peoples, and a desire to assist them in their ...more
Josh Workman
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really appreciated the beautiful storytelling and visual narrative that accompanied and troubling accounts of how climate change is impacting on indigenous communities and traditional lands around the globe. However, Gleb leaves readers with a feeling of curiously and motivation to more deeply understand how patterns of resilience and adaptation that these same indigenous communities have been living for millennia with a changing landscape. And what’s more, he does it in a way that ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent. Very engaging account about some extreme climate change situations and solutions! You'll meet reindeer herdsmen in the Arctic Circle, Farmers using Swidden agriculture in Thailand, climate activists in the Amazon, and the Tlaoquiaht fisherman up in Vancouver's Clayoquet's Sound.... I wish maps were included for each section, but happy for the photos! Well paced, and thought provoking. All proceeds go directly to the groups portrayed!
Catherine Cui
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engaging and well-written book detailing the experiences of five indigenous groups around the world as they adapt to a changing world not just in terms of the climate but also with respect to technology and globalization. One detail about the Karen people in Myanmar that stood out to me concerns their use of swidden cultivation, also known by its more derogatory name of "slash-and-burn". I was under the impression that this method of agriculture is a major cause of deforestation in the ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chapter 7: Everything is Connected.

This is the core essence of the book that is conveyed with such clarity by the author through his experience in documenting Indigenous communities and their wisdom across the globe. Stories of profit and power at the cost of people and planet make a compelling case to pay heed to practices and values of these communities as we move in haste towards an unsustainable future.
Anneke Alnatour
I do not know why it took me 8 full weeks to pick up this book, but once I did, I was pleasantly surprised. The author visits with several indigenous peoples around the globe, and focuses how climate change has affected and still affects their lives, and threatens their future and existence. It is a compelling read, and the diverse stories give the reader a clue about the different ways climate change has influenced different ecosystems, global warming is not only about getting warmer, but also ...more
Betsy Myers
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads. I am an Early Childhood Education administrator and am excited to add this book to the lending library for parents and staff at my school. Thank you so much!
Paulo Adalberto Reimann

Few words could describe this book. Such as : fabulous, fantastic, awesome, touching, mind changing, behavioral cornerstone. Read the book over the holidays and one point in time I just wanted to not reach the end. A piece of beauty.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The Archipelago of Hope. Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change
By Gleb Raygorodetsky

Commentary by Dr. Nancy J. Turner, OC, OBC, PhD, FRSC, FLS
Professor Emeritus and 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow
School of Environmental Studies
University of Victoria,
Victoria, BC CANADA

October 18, 2017

“We are all Starstuff!” Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan would often remind his audiences of this. Around the same time, Navajo cultural expert and teacher Nancy Maryboy was explaining to her
Paula Buel
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully written and inspiring book.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I found it really difficult to finish this book. I picked it up expecting something that links science to indigenous peoples traditions. It included some science behind the native traditions, but if it was aiming to convince anyone, it should have used a lot more. If indigenous traditions really are what's going to help people navigate climate change, there should be no issue finding science to support the claim. This was more for advocating for indigenous rights around the world, which is also ...more
Lewis Ulm
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super insightful and interesting book on the plights of Indigenous communities, both in regards to human causes and the subsequent environmental causes of this struggle. Definitely engrains a deeper appreciation and respect for Indigenous cultures, and I think that the book is incredibly important because of that. You can't imagine making the polluting decisions that some people make after reading this book, as the empathy for these cultures is overpowering.

However, I do think more information
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of case studies/stories of the responses of different Indigenous groups around the world to climate change. But really tied into that is their response to all the changes they've had to make in response to settlers. We see groups dealing with oil pipelines, mining, and deforestation, and they have to respond both to those directly and to the climate change to which these contribute.

I was really impressed by the good flow of the book. Not because I didn't expect there to be
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
These stories are important to tell but I can't help but feel that the execution could have been better. It was hard to see the hope in the constantly beleaguered plight and the frequent committee name dropping didn't make for the best reading. Glad for the points it made but as always sad it has to be said.
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For over two decades, Gleb has worked with and for Indigenous communities and their allies around the world on traditional resource management, traditional governance, sacred sites, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and biocultural diversity.

Born and raised in a small village on the Bering Sea coast of Kamchatka Peninsula, USSR, Gleb immigrated to the USA in 1988. He made his way from New