About the Book:
A pristine environment of ecological richness and biodiversity. Home to generations of indigenous people for thousands of years. The location of vast quantities of oil, natural gas, and coal. Largely uninhabited and long at the margins of global affairs, in the last decade Arctic Alaska has quickly become the most contested land in recent US history.
World-renowned photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research. From Gwich'in activist Sarah James's impassioned appeal, "We Are the Ones Who Have Everything to Lose," during the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, to an original piece by acclaimed historian Dan O'Neill about his recent trips to the Yukon River fish camps, Arctic Voices is a window into a remarkable region. Other contributors include Seth Kantner, Velma Wallis, Nick Jans, Pamela A. Miller, Andri Snaer Magnason, Robert Thompson, George Schaller, George Archibald, Cindy Shogan, Marla Cone, Maria Williams, Jeff Fair, Peter Matthiessen, Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, and Nancy Lord.
About Brennan Lagasse:
Brennan Lagasse is a writer and ski guide living on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. He is also the Sustainability Program Chair at Sierra Nevada University.
Why Brennan Chose This Book:
Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, underscores the critical importance of permanently protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the perspectives of those who know it best. Much has been written about this special place, but no piece of literature spotlights its uniqueness alongside why winning this intersectional struggle is so crucial to other local/global pursuits of sustainability quite like this gem.