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

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“The story of Juliana v. United States and the committed young people behind it will give you hope in the next generation.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

Do our children have a right to inherit a livable planet? Is the government obliged to protect it? Twenty-one young people from across America have sued the federal government over climate change, charging that actions promoting a fossil fuel economy violate their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. Their trial could be the civil rights trial of the century, but the government has used arcane legal tactics to stymie its progress at every turn.
 
 As the World Burns by investigative reporter Lee van der Voo follows the plight of the young plaintiffs, chronicling their legal battle as their childhoods are consumed by another year of drought and wildfire, floods and hurricanes, and the most tumultuous political season in modern history. As the World Burns is climate breakdown like you’ve never seen it—through the eyes of the young.
 

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. 

Praise For…


“The young people who brought the Juliana case are each remarkable, and together they paint a portrait of the next America, the one demanding real action so they too can have a working future on a working planet.” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
 
“A gripping account of the Juliana case—and the twenty-one young plaintiffs who dared sue the US government for inaction on climate change. This book uncovers one of the most powerful forces shaping the contemporary world: youth activism.” —Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground and winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
 
“This is no ordinary lawsuit—and no ordinary book. Reams will be written about the legal proceedings of Our Children’s Trust, but Lee van der Voo gives us the fully human story, exploring the emotional and psychological dimensions of each amazing young person’s participation. The lawsuit emerges as a defining moment in their lives—and in the life of this country.” —Dominique Browning, senior director and cofounder of Moms Clean Air Force
 
“Teenagers, trials, technicalities, Trump, and this ‘oncoming tsunami’ create a haunting tale of how climate change is increasingly disrupting our planet's future.” —Margaret Lowman, director of TREE Foundation, National Geographic Explorer
 
“The question of climate change is a simple one: Will our young people be allowed a future? This book details the struggles of young activists as they battle in the courts for the most basic right of all—the right to survive.” —Mark Lynas, author of Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency
 
“A deeply human account of an extraordinary group of young people, a cast of characters whose courage, anguish, and idealism guide them through battle against entrenched power and a broken political system. Gripping, essential reading.” —Beth Gardiner, author of Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
 
“A gripping account of the Juliana case—and the twenty-one young plaintiffs who dared sue the US government for inaction on climate change. This book uncovers one of the most powerful forces shaping the contemporary world: youth activism.” —Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground and winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
 
“Lee van der Voo brings us into the lives and communities of the youth behind the case that exposed the inequitable impacts of climate change and elevated pressure for government action. The bravery of these young people and the urgency they sense should inspire us all in the global effort to create a more sustainable future.” —Lauren E. Oakes, author of In Search of the Canary Tree
 
“A well-paced, conversational narrative…a comprehensive look at the motivating factors that caused young adults to sue the government for a better future.” —Kirkus

“In 2015, 21 youth activists—including many from the Northwest—sued the federal government over its perpetuation of climate change. Oregon journalist Lee van der Voo follows the case, witnessing the fight for justice through the stories of the young.” —Seattle Met

“Like the repercussions of climate change itself, the book is heartbreaking as it’s not just the story of a lawsuit, it’s the story of the effects global warming has had on these children—some of whom have grown into adulthood over the years of the legal battle—and their communities.” —Eugene Weekly

“Readers who want to help move the needle beyond climate change denial can learn from the young people in As the World Burns.—The Coast Weekend

“The heart of the book is the human story…it should inspire all Americans to consider what must be done to maintain a livable planet for the next, and the next, generation.” —Alaska Dispatch-News

“The young people who brought the Juliana case are each remarkable, and together they paint a portrait of the next America, the one demanding real action so they too can have a working future on a working planet.” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
 
“A gripping account of the Juliana case—and the twenty-one young plaintiffs who dared sue the US government for inaction on climate change. This book uncovers one of the most powerful forces shaping the contemporary world: youth activism.” —Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground and winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
 
“This is no ordinary lawsuit—and no ordinary book. Reams will be written about the legal proceedings of Our Children’s Trust, but Lee van der Voo gives us the fully human story, exploring the emotional and psychological dimensions of each amazing young person’s participation. The lawsuit emerges as a defining moment in their lives—and in the life of this country.” —Dominique Browning, senior director and cofounder of Moms Clean Air Force
 
“Teenagers, trials, technicalities, Trump, and this ‘oncoming tsunami’ create a haunting tale of how climate change is increasingly disrupting our planet's future.” —Margaret Lowman, director of TREE Foundation, National Geographic Explorer
 
“The question of climate change is a simple one: Will our young people be allowed a future? This book details the struggles of young activists as they battle in the courts for the most basic right of all—the right to survive.” —Mark Lynas, author of Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency
 
“A deeply human account of an extraordinary group of young people, a cast of characters whose courage, anguish, and idealism guide them through battle against entrenched power and a broken political system. Gripping, essential reading.” —Beth Gardiner, author of Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
 
“A gripping account of the Juliana case—and the twenty-one young plaintiffs who dared sue the US government for inaction on climate change. This book uncovers one of the most powerful forces shaping the contemporary world: youth activism.” —Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground and winner of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
 
“Lee van der Voo brings us into the lives and communities of the youth behind the case that exposed the inequitable impacts of climate change and elevated pressure for government action. The bravery of these young people and the urgency they sense should inspire us all in the global effort to create a more sustainable future.” —Lauren E. Oakes, author of In Search of the Canary Tree
 
“A well-paced, conversational narrative…a comprehensive look at the motivating factors that caused young adults to sue the government for a better future.” —Kirkus

“In 2015, 21 youth activists—including many from the Northwest—sued the federal government over its perpetuation of climate change. Oregon journalist Lee van der Voo follows the case, witnessing the fight for justice through the stories of the young.” —Seattle Met

“Like the repercussions of climate change itself, the book is heartbreaking as it’s not just the story of a lawsuit, it’s the story of the effects global warming has had on these children—some of whom have grown into adulthood over the years of the legal battle—and their communities.” —Eugene Weekly

“Readers who want to help move the needle beyond climate change denial can learn from the young people in As the World Burns.—The Coast Weekend

“The heart of the book is the human story…it should inspire all Americans to consider what must be done to maintain a livable planet for the next, and the next, generation.” —Alaska Dispatch-News


Product Details
ISBN: 9781604699982
ISBN-10: 1604699981
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: September 29th, 2020
Pages: 284
Language: English