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Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability
Intersections of race, class and gender

ISBN 9781138830059
Published June 28, 2016 by Routledge
376 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

It must be acknowledged that any solutions to anthropogenic Global Climate Change (GCC) are interdependent and ultimately inseparable from both its causes and consequences. As a result, limited analyses must be abandoned in favour of intersectional theories and practices.

Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability is an interdisciplinary collection which addresses global climate change and sustainability by engaging with the issues of race, gender, and class through an intersectional lens. The book challenges readers to foster new theoretical and practical linkages and to think beyond the traditional, and oftentimes reductionist, environmental science frame by examining issues within their turbulent political, cultural and personal landscapes. Through a variety of media and writing styles, this collection is unique in its presentation of a complex and integrated analysis of global climate change and its implications. Its companion book, Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change, addresses the social and ecological urgency surrounding climate change and the need to use intersectionality in both theory and practice.

This book is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the areas of Environmental Studies, Climate Change, Gender Studies and International studies as well as those seeking a more intersectional analysis of GCC.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Opportunities for renewal: Intersectional praxis for just sustainabilities 

Part 1: AIR 

1. You probably still have doubts Anonymous 

2. The Virgin and the Seed Phoebe Godfrey 

3. Womanism an agroecology: An intersectional praxis as acts of political warfare Shakara Tyler & Aleya Fraser 

4. An Economy of Hope: The Surprising Rise of a "Grassroots Democratic Economy" (GDE) Len Krimerman 

5. Intersectionality, ecology, food: Conflict theory’s missing lens Deric Shannon 

6. Hegemonic masculinity Phoebe Godfrey 

7. The Air Around me Tyler Hess with Save the Trees Mr.Fish 

8. Community schools as tools for climate change adaption in impoverished nations: The example of Haiti Cynthia Bogard 

9. Of Starving Horses and Growing Grass: Resilience versus Dependency in a Caribbean Fishing Community April Baptiste 

Part 2: EARTH 

10. The Memory of Land . . . The Law of All Belonging to Earth Paul K. Haeder 

11. Intelligent Life Khalil Bendib 

12. Bringing Goddesses Down to Earth Bandana Purkayastha 

13. The Farmer and the Witch: Replanting the Seeds of Indigeneity Nala Walla 

14. Dia de la Tierra Jose Gonzalez 

15. A personal journey to a Universal Approach: Permaculture William Hooper 

16. Climate change and Sustainable Agriculture: Why Inclusive Farmers’ Markets Matter Ryanne Pilgeram 

17. Coming home to our bodies/Healing the Earth we share Maradonna Holden 

18. Mending the Earth Phoebe Godfrey 

Part 3: FIRE 

19. Before I was baptized Noah Matthews 

20. The Eagle’s Eye Tina Shirshac 

21. Incorporating the arts is the key to building social movements Cori Redstone 

22. Pathological and ineffective activism—What is to be done? Arwa Aburawa & Marc Hudson 

23. My life from the projects to the farm Karen Washington 

24. Triumphant, digital media Melica Bloom 

25. Family Farmers Can Feed the World and Cool the Planet! The Food Sovereignty Struggle in the Climate Justice Movement John E. Peck 

26. Environment of the Margins: Reconsidering Environmental Racism for Sustainable Action Laurens Van Sluytman & Phoebbe Sheppard 

27. Ubuntu Lindsy Floyd 

Part 4: WATER 

28. Yemaya Madre de Agua Isis Matter-Arroyo 

29. Yemaya Imna Arroyo 

30. Catholics, Socio-Ecological Ethics and Global Climate Change: Incarnations of Green Praxis Christopher Hrynkow and Dennis O’Hara 

31. Our Climate, Our Change: Using Visual and Interactive Practices to Expand Participation and Leadership in Climate Action Jennifer L. Hirsch, Abigail Derby Lewis, Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, Lisa See Kim, Sarah Sommers & Alexis Winter 

32. Ohio University State Museum of Ice Emily Hinshelwood 

33. Global Water Dances: Embodying Water Solutions Marylee Hardenbergh, Karen Bradley, and Laura Levinson 

34. Mni Candace Ducheneaux 

35. Whale Prayer Subhankar Banerjee 

36. Forced In or Left Out: Experiencing Green from Community Redevelopment to Voluntary Simplicity and the Potential In-Between Janet A. Lorenzen & Daina Cheyenne Harvey 

Part 5: AETHER 

37. Softly Walking Sufia Giza Amenwahsu 

38. Reach Vanessa Lamb 

39.  A Pilgrimage for Hope Revisited: Grieving Together Caminamos Preguntando Ryan Pleune 

40. Of the necessity and difficulty in working across borders: Race, Class, Gender, and transnational Environmental Organizing Rachel Hallum-Montes 

41. Examining the Environmental Injustices of Clean Development Mechanism and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Schemes in South Asia Vincci Cheng 

42. Regenerate Beehive Collective 

43. Call to action for system change and the solar commons Terran Giacomini 

44. Food Sovereignty or Bust: Transforming the Agrifood System is a Must Joshua Sbicca 

45. Children in a changing climate: how child-centered approaches can build resilience and overcome multiple barriers to adaptation Paul Mitchell 

46. Banter from a Repressed heart James Elias Hamue Torres

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Phoebe Godfrey is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at UCONN in sociology. She co-founded the non-profit CLiCK, in Willimantic, Connecticut, dedicated to a local sustainable food system.  

Denise Torres is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The unifying theme of her work and publications is the authentic inclusion of silenced and marginalized groups in the systems that affect them.


"To achieve fair and sustainable futures, it will be essential to dissolve old hegemonic stereotypes like ‘womanhood' and ‘indigeneity’ and nourish the seeds of systemic change with marginal wisdoms. With honesty, acuity, passion, and hope, an international groundswell of authors calls theory back to praxis through inspirational verse and the joys of movement building."Ariel Salleh, author of "Ecofeminism as Politics"

"In Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability, Godfrey and Torres creatively link intersectionality theory to the concept of just sustainabilities to provide both a framework and new tools to analyze the dynamics of the different social and material worlds as evidenced by the diverse voices of their contributors." – Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University.

"Across a diversity of situated perspectives and locations, this volume makes a strong and necessary argument for the importance of seeing environmental justice advocacy and feminist intersectional politics as intertwined, not to be separated neither in theory nor in practice. The volume gathers together many passionate voices of activists-scholars-poets committed to struggles for globally sustainable and just feminist futures. A timely and urgently needed intervention in debates on global climate change!"Nina Lykke, Professor of Gender Studies and co-director GEXcel Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Linkoeping University, Sweden

"Informed by intersectional frameworks of race, class and gender, the editors assemble a disparate and wide-ranging constellation of perspectives to imagine innovative possibilities for the future. Only junior scholars with passion and commitment could pull off such a tour-de-force of dedication, imagination and old-fashioned hard work. One of-a-kind, this unique and provocative volume raises a new bar for environmental activism." – Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland, College Park, USA