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Summary

Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.

There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial table. More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone.

All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States - scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race - and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society.

Intermixing essays with poetry and art, this book is both a balm and a guide for knowing and holding what has been done to the world, while bolstering our resolve never to give up on one another or our collective future. We must summon truth, courage, and solutions to turn away from the brink and toward life-giving possibility. Curated by two climate leaders, the book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save. 

This audiobook includes a PDF of climate resources and references. 

With essays and poems by:

Emily Atkin • Xiye Bastida • Ellen Bass • Colette Pichon Battle • Jainey K. Bavishi • Janine Benyus • adrienne maree brown • Régine Clément • Abigail Dillen • Camille T. Dungy • Rhiana Gunn-Wright • Joy Harjo • Katharine Hayhoe • Mary Annaïse Heglar • Jane Hirshfield • Mary Anne Hitt • Ailish Hopper • Tara Houska, Zhaabowekwe • Emily N. Johnston • Joan Naviyuk Kane • Naomi Klein • Kate Knuth • Ada Limón • Louise Maher-Johnson • Kate Marvel • Gina McCarthy • Anne Haven McDonnell • Sarah Miller • Sherri Mitchell, Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset • Susanne C. Moser • Lynna Odel • Sharon Olds • Mary Oliver • Kate Orff • Jacqui Patterson • Leah Penniman • Catherine Pierce • Marge Piercy • Kendra Pierre-Louis • Varshini • Prakash • Janisse Ray • Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez • Favianna Rodriguez • Cameron Russell • Ash Sanders • Judith D. Schwartz • Patricia Smith • Emily Stengel • Sarah Stillman • Leah Cardamore Stokes • Amanda Sturgeon • Maggie Thomas • Heather McTeer Toney • Alexandria Villaseñor • Alice Walker • Amy Westervelt • Jane Zelikova 

Audiobook Cast of Narrators: Alfre Woodard (Indigenous Prophecy and Mother Earth; Collards Are Just as Good as Kale; An Offering from the Bayou) • America Ferrera (On Fire; Mothering in an Age of Extinction; Like the Monarch; Harnessing Cultural Power) • Cristela Alonzo (The Politics of Policy; Mending the Landscape; Solutions Underfoot; A Field Guide for Transformation; Community Is Our Best Chance) • Ilana Glazer (A Handful of Dust; We Are Sunrise; Under the Weather) • Jane Fonda (Reciprocity; How to Talk About Climate Change; Catalytic Capital; The Adaptive Mind; The Seed Underground) • Janet Mock (What Is Emergent Strategy?; Wakanda Doesn’t Have Suburbs; At the Intersections) • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Beyond Coal; Heaven or High Water; Public Service for Public Health; Water is a Verb) • Kimberly Drew (A Green New Deal for All of Us; A Tale of Three Cities; Sacred Resistance; Solutions at Sea) • Bahni Turpin (Calling In; Truth Be Told; Home is Always Worth It; A Letter to Adults; Black Gold) • Sophia Bush (Litigating in a Time of Crisis; Becoming a Climate Citizen; Buildings Designed for Life; Dear Fossil Fuel Executives; Loving a Vanishing World) • and with Begin; Onward; Gratitude; and additional material read by the editors, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Keeble Wilkinson (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“A powerful read that fills one with, dare I say ... hope?” (The New York Times)

“A fiery, hopeful manifesto on how to make sense of the staggering loss posed by climate change - and take justice-oriented action in spite of it.” (Mashable)

“Hopeful and illuminating, All We Can Save is an anthology of essays by women at the forefront of the climate crisis. So often climate writing can make us feel doomed and anxious, but this collection is a comfort because of its honesty and courage ... a reminder that we can work with hope towards a better future.” (BuzzFeed)

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Heartbreaking, heartwarming, eye-opening & hopeful

An absolute must read for...everyone.

I've learnt a lot, had other things I'd thought confirmed, been sadly unsurprisingly heartbroken and yet pleasantly surprised by hopeful stories and messages and people and communities and initiatives with regards to a potentially brighter future despite the climate crisis.

It gives me hope for my daughter and my son and it reinvigorates me with regards to my own environmental studies and my individual actions.

Thanks to you all!

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Best book on global warming that I have ever read

I learned so much reading this, it was great to hear so many different perspectives.

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  • Taylor Seamount
  • 07-11-21

Saved My Life

I'm a 30 year old that has dealt with tremendous climate despair, anxiety and suicidal ideation since childhood. I learned to repress these feelings more or less, but it kept me from participating in the climate movement for fear of releasing this Pandora's box of overwhelming emotion. Last year after the sky turned orange due to wildfires near my home, I knew for my own emotional survival somehow I needed to join the movement and I also knew that my entry needed to be grounded and heart centered if I were to do it sustainably.

Enter this book. I grabbed my friend (a climate activist) who was one of the few people I had been able to commiserate with on climate anxiety and we did the All We Can Save Circle together over a period of 3 months. The experience was transformative and I am really and truly finding my place in the movement because of it. It helped me see the true kaleidoscope of roles that needed filling (as a disabled artist, I needed to see that diversity of roles), it helped me realize I was not alone, it validated my fears and in the same motion uplifted me.

Not only did it help me begin my climate activism, but it also helped me unravel a heavy knot of grief and guilt and I've carried since childhood. It left me valuing my own precious human life in a way that I never have before.

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  • Patrick
  • 13-06-21

For some, but not for me

I tried, I really did, but I only made 3/4 of the way. The slow lofty paste of narration and lack of solutions in the book both depressed me and put me to sleep. The book stays a lot in the “feels” of how climate change has emotionally effected each writer, which again is depressing. Yes, climate change sucks, we know this, but less get to fixing it. Lastly, aside from Jane Fonda (who is badass) , Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Alfre Woodard’s defiant or comically sarcastic tones while narrating, I would have thought it was that same depressed person reading the whole book. Might be for some but just not for me.

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  • HSF
  • 18-12-20

You Want To Listen

A lot of people are afraid of the subject matter: climate change. It seems depressing and hopeless. This book will give you joyful concrete steps of building community and taking inspirational action by raising your voice. No matter how small, everyone’s climate justice actions and involvement will create, mitigate, and help with adaptation for a better world. Global cooperation, inclusivity, organizing, ingenuity, elbow grease, celebration, singing and dancing are all part of the solutions!

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  • Kalani Carlson
  • 22-09-20

Essential, educational, empowering

The essays in this book are beautifully written and an important reminder of how critical community and diversity are in our ecosystems (whether in “nature” or in human institutions, as well as in their interplay). We need to pay attention to these leaders and do our own part to bring ourselves and our communities back into equilibrium with the natural world we depend on. We must become citizen lobbyists for this crisis!

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  • Jerry S
  • 24-10-21

The climate is a hot mess…and so is this book.

Long before reading this book, I have believed that climate change is the greatest self-imposed threat that humanity has yet faced. In reading this book, I was hoping to find inspiration and/or actionable suggestions for addressing climate change. Instead, I found a ranting, rambling, and conceptually muddled hodge-podge that seems to be a first draft of some sort of anarcho-communist-anti-masculinist manifesto. Instead of sowing righteous anger, the editors and some of the authors reap self-righteous acrimony. Other authors present material that is simply dull and trite. Instead of weaving stories and studies together into a deep narrative, connecting the problems we face to a detailed framework for solutions, those involved with this book present an unsorted pile of gloom, doom, buzzwords, and idealistic catechisms. I can’t remember the last time I was this disappointed by a book. If you really want to get a clear picture of the realities and potential solutions concerning climate change, check out books by Naomi Oreskes, Naomi Klein, Michael Mann, and hopefully others that I have not yet read.
Note: the audiobook narrators were great, but that's beside the point.

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  • Peter Morton
  • 15-10-21

Six stars

If I could I would write this book with six stars. There are 60 inconvenient truth in this book. I’m glad there were at least two that addressed my climate depression, because it is getting harder to live with the sense of inevitability that all the signs portend.

My hat is off to the wonderful women who assembled this anthology. There is so much to learn and so much to do.y

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  • Andrea J.
  • 09-10-21

Phenomenal

Beautifully and powerfully narrated essays.
A very necessary listen and call to action.

Well done.

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  • T. Harrison
  • 02-08-21

Mothering Mother Earth

This collection of raw, real, inspiring, encouraging, empowering essays lives up to its telling - and hopefully foretelling - title: "All We Can Save". Each word of this title brought fully to life and given rich, powerful meaning by the motherly voices of women at the heart of the heart-full movement to reverse global warming and create a thriving, just, regenerative world that works for, yes, "All". Grateful for this catalytic book and these amazing allies to Pachamama - our common home.

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  • V. Kenney
  • 20-07-21

Terrible Audiobook

the book is a great idea and I will have to read it on my own sometime. The audiobook is terrible. Some of the readers are phenomenal, while the others just ruin it and I could not get half of the book read because of it. I am sorry I paid for this audiobook.

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  • shackga
  • 02-06-21

Stories about climate and environmental issues

Very interesting read in a women-centric book. I personally believe that women running this world would provide better solutions to our lives and our planet--this coming from a male. The interweaving of women's lives, their environmental passions, and motivational appeals read by often well-known celebrities keeps the book full of variety and human interest. Again I only wish we could have more women in positions of power because they would avoid the selfish, macho misdirection of males.