A Bigger Picture
Vanessa Nakate continues to teach a most critical lesson. She reminds us that while we may all be in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. – Greta Thunberg
In A Bigger Picture, Vanessa Nakate exposes the shortcomings of our global discussions around climate change, which consistently envisage the environmental crisis as a problem for future generations. Such an image is only possible through the erasure of the voices of people living in the Global South, where environmental disasters are already having a devastating impact on communities, and especially on women.
This is one of the great injustices of the climate crisis: those who have contributed the least to its creation are now suffering its consequences most severely. Despite this, people from the Global South – and people of colour from across the world – are often expunged from the picture of climate activism, as typified by Vanessa’s own erasure from a press photograph at Davos in 2020. As she explains, ‘we are on the front line, but we are not on the front page.’
Witnessing the destructive effects of global warming in her own community propelled Vanessa to become the first climate striker in Uganda at just twenty-one years old, despite risks to her personal safety. In this exceptional book, she traces the links between the climate crisis and anti-racism, feminism, economics and even extremist radicalization, revealing how our best hope of saving our planet is to work together across continents. In telling the inspiring personal story of how she found her voice, Vanessa shows readers that no matter your age, location or skin colour, you can be an effective activist.
Through Vanessa Nakate's eyes, A Bigger Picture shows us the threat of climate change to people in East Africa and the relentless courage of one activist fighting to be heard. Vanessa is more than an inspiration - she's an indispensable voice for our future -- Malala Yousafzai In this moment of intersecting crises, Vanessa Nakate continues to teach a most critical lesson. She reminds us that while we may all be in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. -- Greta Thunberg Vanessa Nakate is a powerful global voice. A strong spirit who will clearly not give up and only grow in strength. -- Angelina Jolie Vanessa Nakate's message couldn't be more urgent or her voice more desperately needed. At once intimate and sweeping, A Bigger Picture is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future. -- Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Under a White Sky and The Sixth Extinction This is a wonderful story, wonderfully told! Vanessa Nakate is a crucial climate leader, reminding us of one of the iron laws of global warming: the less you did to cause it, the sooner and harder you get hit. Thank heaven her voice will echo far and wide, and down through the years. -- Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Africa is suffering today from a crisis it did not cause, and yet African perspectives have been sidelined in the climate conversation. Leading a new generation of activists, Vanessa Nakate is setting that right. Writing with conviction and courage, she is a vital new voice for climate justice. -- Jeremy Williams, author of Climate Change is Racist Vanessa's story, her voice and fearless spirit are an inspiration to all of us. This book is a vital reminder that the costs of climate change have been transforming negatively the lives of those who have had the least part in causing the problem. Without racial justice and equality, climate justice can never be a reality. -- Mary Robinson Vanessa's deeply personal and thought provoking account of her experience in the climate movement, specifically in the global south reminds us that at the center of this crisis is our shared humanity. -- Bonnie Wright Vital, urgent, eye-opening. This is one of the most important and empowering books ever written about the climate change emergency. A must-read for all of us, no matter where we're from -- Dr Ali Foxon Enthusiasm, commitment and energy jump out from every page of A Bigger Picture. After presenting the emergency climate problems facing Africa and the rest of the world Vanessa goes on to signpost the reader with solutions - an inspiring read! -- Nancy Birtwhistle
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