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The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change

Gleb Raygorodetsky

ISBN: 978-1-681-77532-6

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224 pages

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A breathtaking adventure across six continents that reveals the intricate cultures of native societies and their strategies of coping with climate change.

You can't turn on the news today without a report on the latest extreme weather event. But while politicians to argue, the truth is that climate change is already here. Nobody knows this better than indigenous people who, having developed an intimate relationship with ecosystems over generations, have observed these changes for years. For them, it is not a theory but the reality of daily life.

Gleb Raygorodetsky reveals that these islands of biological and cultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization represent a "archipelago of hope," for here lies humankind's best chance to remember our roots and how to take care of the Earth. These communities are implementing creative solutions to meet these new challenges. Solutions that are relevant to the rest of us.

We meet the Ilchamus of Kenya, the Altai of Russia, the Skolt Sami of Finland, the Karen of Myanmar, the Sapara of Ecuador, the Kuku Nyungkal of Australia, and the Tla-o-qui-aht of Canada. Intimate portraits of these men and women, youth and elders, emerge against the backdrop of their traditional practices on land and water. Though there are brutal realties—pollution, corruption, forced assimilation—Raygorodetsky's prose resonates with the positive, the adaptive, the spiritual—and hope.
24 pages of color photographs