Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Jennie C. Stephens is an educator, a social justice advocate, an energy expert, and a sustainability science researcher. She is Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, where she is also the Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy, Director of Strategic Research Collaborations at the Global Resilience Institute, and a member of the Executive Committee of Northeastern's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.


"Diversifying Power uniquely captures the voices of those that have far too often been unseen and unheard. Compiled into an impressive set of stories and strategies, each page will take you to the precipice of change and ask the simple question, 'are you ready for a twenty-first century movement?'. If the answer is 'yes', read this guide to winning on social justice and climate change."--Mustafa Santiago Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, The National Wildlife Federation; Founder of Revitalization Strategies
"This book powerfully highlights where leadership in the climate fight actually comes from. It's been clear for a long time who gets hit hardest by global warming--and it's clear too who hits back hardest. The people profiled here are heroes, and there are more rising up every day!"--Bill McKibben, Co-Founder 350.org, author and activist
"As climate change and Covid-19 further expose and exacerbate deep inequities and injustices across society, diverse leaders are rising up to demand and create a just and sustainable future. In Diversifying Power, Jennie Stephens tells their stories with clear-eyed urgency and optimism - and calls on us all to build inclusive power toward the transformational change we need. Read this, get inspired and act!"--Dr. Peter C. Frumhoff, Director of Science and Policy and Chief Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
"Diversity and inclusion are seldom discussed in energy and climate studies, and when they are interrogated it is often through the fairly narrow lens of gender. Work looking at race, ethnicity, gender, sex, and other attributes is incredibly rare, as is work looking at the intersections of those aspects. Diversifying Power is a book that fills this critical gap, and it makes a clarion call for more diverse leadership driving social change, as well as more diverse research in the academy itself. It also refreshingly covers not only classic issues of energy consumption but also intersections with mobility, housing, health, politics, power and even elitism. Highly recommended as the book to bust your stereotypical thinking in this area."
--Benjamin K. Sovacool, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
"Stephens does an excellent job highlighting the links between institutional racism, environmental and social injustice and public health at a time when we need it the most! She provides a detailed account of policymakers' failure to respond to the climate threat and how that failure has hit communities of color the hardest. Stephens touches on everything from transportation to gender and gives a crucial perspective on our need to diversify power across society. A great, critical read on energy policy."--Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor of Political Science at The University of California, Santa Barbara
"Diversifying Power offers hope and optimism as Stephens shows how the biggest challenges facing society are linked and anyone can get involved to leverage the power of collective action. By highlighting the creative individuals and organizations making change happen, she provides inspiration and encourages transformative action on climate and energy justice.

Expertly written, impressively informative, insightfully thoughtful, and ultimately inspiring, Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy is a timely volume that deserves as wide a readership as possible." -- "Midwest Book Review"
"Diversifying Power is just what is called for to lead the way toward a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable future."-- "Resilience"
"A short and punchy book that explains what feminist and anti-racist leadership looks like in a variety of sectors, and then highlights the work of particular individuals so readers can see for themselves the effect that it has."-- "The Earthbound Report"
"An inspiring read."-- "Harvard Magazine"
"The book inspires readers to take action, get involved, and join together to address the climate crisis."-- "Sustainability"
"Stephens shows the urgent need to prioritize leadership that truly represents the gender and racial diversity of our cities, states, and nations. This critically important book inspires and guides transformative action toward climate justice."--Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders; Author of "Climate Justice"