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

October 6, 2020

In Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist Feminist Literature on Climate and Energy, CSSN Scholar Jennie C. Stephens argues that the key to effectively addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist, priorities are central. Stephens argues that diverse leadership and multiracial, multiethnic, gender-balanced coalitions are essential to counteract the power of the “polluter elite,” influential individuals resisting change as they profit off fossil fuel reliance. She shows how innovative leaders are tackling America’s economic and health disparities by connecting climate actions and the renewable energy transformation with job creation, economic justice, and public health priorities. Next, she addresses how activists and leaders are fighting for equitable public transportation and housing for all by linking these issues with climate and energy goals. With hope and optimism, Stephens shows how diverse leaders are using energy and climate actions to address society’s greatest challenges. Diversifying Power inspires us all to leverage the power of collective action for climate and energy justice. (press release)