Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kivalina: A Climate Change Story

By Christine Shearer
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 9781608461288
Published: June, 2011
Type: Paperback

While corporate funded scientists continue their effort to spread doubt about global climate change, for one native village in Alaska the price for further denial could be the complete devastation of their homes and culture. Kivalina must be relocated to survive, but neither the oil giants nor the government have proven willing to take responsibility.


“Christine Shearer’s Kivalina: A Climate Change Story is a fast and bumpy ride that begins with the history of outrageous corporate deceptions through public relations and legal campaigns, continuing with building of the coal-and-oil empire to fuel progress in the United States, leading to the horrendous politics of climate crisis, and finally arriving at its destination, a ground-zero of climate refugee, Kivalina — an Inupiat community along the Chukchi Sea coast of arctic Alaska. I was angry when I turned the last page. I urge you to get a copy, read it, share the story, and join the now global climate justice movement.”
Subhankar Banerjee, writer, activist, and photographer of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land

“This story is a tragedy, and not just because of what’s happening to the people of Kivalina. It’s a tragedy because it’s unnecessary, the product, as the author shows, of calculation, deception, manipulation, and greed in some of the biggest and richest companies on earth.”
Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New 

About the author

Christine Shearer is a writer, journalist, activist, and academic. She is Managing Editor and regular contributor to the online progressive magazine Conducive, and a paid contributor for Coalswarm, a network of information on coal and climate change for grassroots activists that is part of the online corporate watch website Sourcewatch. She has an MA in Sociology and in Media Studies, and will receive her PhD in Sociology with a Global Studies emphasis in 2010 from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to UCSB, she worked as a field reporter for the KPFA Radio Evening News and as an Associate Reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her research and work has been published in magazines, academic journals, science publications, and encyclopedias, including Newsweek, Conservation Letters, Ecological Applications, Spaces for Difference, and Mobilization.

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