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One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

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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 i
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Orca Book Publishers
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Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some books are wonderful wins! This one is that for me. Thank you LibraryThing and Orca Book Publishers.

When I first began reading this I was not impressed with the writing. It felt very much like it was written for kids. I quickly discovered that it is actually marketed as a YA book, and then I became more impressed that this book was going to be available to encourage the younger generations to follow their passions like the wonderful people highlighted in this book!

I soon found myself in a gr
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you know about an environmentalist, there's an extremely good chance that person is white. In 2019 when Greta Thunberg was getting much press, there were a couple popular tweets circulating, naming kids of other races that have also been working for environmental justice, but had not been given any press. I was happy to learn more about environmentalists through this book, and felt very inspired. The emphasis on community and local knowledge is amazing and so powerful. Also loved that these p ...more
I recieved an advance reading copy of this book to review, and really enjoyed it. I'm outside the target age range, which is why I gave it fewer stars to reflect my personal enjoyment & based on a 3 average, but I really think this would be a wonderful resource for young people interested in learning more about environmentalism and caring for the natural world. It covers a wide range of people and projects from all over the world, in a structure that is accessible but also ideally formatted for ...more
Meredith March
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I could see myself using this book with my high school students.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really appreciated the accessibility of this book as well as the diversity of ideas and backgrounds represented in the short, approachable chapters. The book is divided into themed sections based on area of focus, with short chapters within each section giving a personal history of each activist. The chapters do an excellent job of outlining the background of each person, where and how they grew up, and what triggered their interest in the fields they ended up pursuing. The variety of cultural ...more
Evan Edinger
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read Anuradha Rao’s book, “One Earth: People of color protecting our planet” shortly after it came out in Spring 2020, when most of the world was in lockdown from the first wave of COVID-19. I loved the book then. The events of the last year show me that we need books like this more than ever. This book is worth re-reading, and I’m diving back into it now.
Ms. Rao’s book challenges a nasty myth about environmental and conservation movements, that they are white, middle-class, and elitist. And t
Danielle Hammelef
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
As someone who considers herself an environmentalist, I knew I had to read this inspirational book. Inside I found real-life stories of people who have made it their life's work to save the environment. The author interviewed a variety of people who focused their lives on different environmental areas to be stewards and leaders, encouraging others to also follow their passions to preserve our planet. I read about different pathways and areas I never knew existed to helping plants, animals, soil, ...more
Caitlan Read
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing, rich, fascinating, and accessible book for both adults and young people. I'm an Early Childhood Educator working in nature school. I'm also a white settler on unceded Coast Salish lands. This book gave me a new appreciation of how narrow and limited environmental activism is when only people who look like me are involved in leadership and decision making. I came to a deeper appreciation about how culture, faith, and community informs and inspires care of the land in so many d ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgally and the author for the gifted copy.

This book is full of information that is not widely known. I enjoy learning new things and I think this could really help to inspire youth.

It is mostly text with some graphics. I did notice a lot of the graphics were cut off, I'm not sure if it was because I was reading on my phone or not.

If you are looking to learn something new or want to be inspired this would be a good choice read.

If you're looking for romance, plot lines ect, you wont f
Pam Rashmi
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautiful collection of stories that inspire change, in every day life as well as on a bigger scale! I bought it for myself and soon realized that my 'tween' sons could also benefit from these true stories of regular people who create ripples to make this Earth a better place. It also shows how doing what you love and are passionate about can allow any to excel in their field. I highly recommend this book for everyone! ...more
Great Books
Introducing readers to 20 environmental defenders and enthusiasts this book will inspire the next generation of earth activists. These stories come from people of various backgrounds, locations, and paths in their fight to help and preserve our environment for future generations to come.

Reviewer #5
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent book of POC who are working so hard to do the work that POC have always done. I was especially inspired by the stories of Saul Brown, Ghanimat Azhdari, and Dominique Edwards, but everyone in the book is admirable. I had an advanced copy given to me by Library Thing, so my copy didn’t have color pictures, which meant that some of the photos were hard to see.
Sandy  Wilmering
This book discusses how 20 people of colour are protecting Earth in different ways, including providing cleaner water or nutritional food, protecting plants and creatures in danger, and reducing waste. While I found some of the topics more interesting than others, the people themselves are very inspiring as they passionately advocate for and create positive changes for our environment.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cultural, kids, teens
I always find that I don't like books that start off accusing white people, which is by the way, a color of not including those of different colors. This book does this twice in three pages. ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A great book; just enough information so it doesn't overwhelm, very inspiring. ...more
Christianne Wilhelmson
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's been a few months since I finished this book, and since the stories still resonate in my mind, I wanted to add my thoughts to my rating. The word that keeps coming back to me as I think of these stories is 'community'. The stories shared here, of every day people of all ages and life experiences around the world, are inspiring and reveal that we have in our communities leaders who are making change for the better. The word 'environmentalist' might trigger in our minds a person that looks a ...more
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