As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change

Lee Van Der Voo (Author)
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In 2015, twenty-one kids across America sued the federal government over climate change, arguing their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property were being violated. Theirs was to be the civil rights trial of our century. But it hasn't happened yet. Instead, their day in court slipped by while Trump Administration deployed rare legal tactics to stymie the case, leaving our nation's courts in a tangle and legal observers aghast.

In As the World Burns, investigative reporter Lee van der Voo recaps a year in their wait for a trial. It unfolds against the backdrop of cataclysmic floods and wildfires, rising seas and hurricanes, and an epic Congressional fight for power with a president who refuses to acknowledge any of it. Along the way, 15-year-old Jayden Foytlin battles the oil politics of south Louisiana, her home having flooded twice. Jacob Lebel, 20, works to protect his Oregon farm from a proposed natural gas pipeline with dubious benefit. And 11-year-old Levi Draheim fights to save the barrier island he calls home as the seas rise and hurricanes force evacuations.

Timely, important, and urgent, As the World Burns is climate breakdown like you've never seen it--through the eyes of the young. It hits home the dire consequences of inaction and the potential pitfalls of leaving the fate of the planet in the hands of U.S. court system.

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Timber Press (OR)
Publish Date
September 29, 2020

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About the Author

Lee van der Voo is an award-winning investigative and environmental journalist. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, and others. Lee's reporting has received the Logan fellowship, the Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Lizzie Grossman Grant for Environmental Health Reporting. Her first book, The Fish Market, won an Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction.