Donated Book – Now available at Samuels Public Library

Front Royal Women's Resource Center and Royal Oak Bookshop co-sponsor donations to Samuels Public Library that are by or about women. Nan Hathaway, Book Donation Sponsor & Coordinator, chooses our books each year. Thank you Nan! We highlight one of these books every third week each month.  Our 2019 Book Reviews and Commentaries are provided by JoEllen McNeal.  Thank you JoEllen!

Climate Justice
By Mary Robinson

“The most dramatic symptoms of our changing global climate – rising sea levels, extreme weather events, increasing desertification, and water scarcity – disproportionately affect vulnerable communities that are often far removed from the causes of human greenhouse gas emissions….Robinson makes a powerful and compelling case that the climate crisis is a crisis of humanity….” – Richard Branson

Climate Justice is an urgent call to arms by one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change. In this vital book, Robinson shares inspiring stories and offers vital lessons for the path forward.

Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would have to share the planet with more than nine billion people – people battling for food, water, and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. The faceless, shadowy menace of climate change had become, in an instant, deeply personal.

Mary Robinson’s mission would lead her all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to heartening revelations: than an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small former who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change.

Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

Mary Robinson is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice. She served in two capacities as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. She is the former and first female president of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented by President Obama) and the Indira Gandhi and Sydney Peace Prizes.

April 2019 Book Commentary
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