Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to the Energy Transition (2021) by Shalanda Baker, is a playbook for the energy transformation intended to arm those made most vulnerable by our current energy system with the tools they need to remake the system in the service of their humanity.
"Rise" (2018) by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna tells the story of the land that humanity has taken advantage of and the need for people to rise up cease those harmful habits before it is too late.
"Climate Change: A Spoken Word Poem" (2014) is by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a Marshall Island native, who actively speaks out on the importance of globalized change and recognition with regard to the climate crisis and the safety of future generations. Jetnil-Kijiner speaks in the format of a letter written to her baby, explaining that no harm shall come to them from exacerbated disasters, and that humanity will fix this immense issue for the sake of the world.
"Yosra Strings off My Mustache" (2017) by Melissa Lozada-Oliva depicts the diversity and commonalities of friendship within the broader context of American society. She puts the audience in her place, describing the emotions and experiences felt from her perspective as a person of color. She explains the cultural weight behind hair removal, and how it cannot simply be deduced to a matter of disliking oneself.
"When I Say We Are All Teen Girls" (2018) by Olivia Gatwood expresses the potency of femininity that runs through all of humanity and how femininity has deeply touched each of our lives. Gatwood highlights that even nature can be depicted as a teen girl, from the sea's "moody push and pull" to the way humans "take, and take, and take" from nature.
"A Language of Change" (2015) by David Sergeant, calls attention to the negative impacts of climate change. This poem wrestles with mixed feelings of love for the ocean and horror at its power and potential to destroy.
"Let Them Not Say" (2014) is by Jane Hirshfield isabout our responsibility to take climate action, using future generations as the foil to our own
"I Lost My Talk" (2007) by Rita Joe (preformed by Gabrielle Nebrida-Pepin) is a spoken word piece about the Canadian ban that forbidding the Mi'kmaq people from speaking in their native language and sharing their stories. It’s about gaining that autonomy that was stolen from them back so they can speak their truth.
"The Tree Agreement" (2016) by Elise Pachsen is a poem that re-centers the human-nature connection to show that the environment has a purpose that is deeply rooted within humanity.
"Kakadu Man" (1989) by Bill Neidjie highlights the intrinsic connection between the environmental and people. Without love and care for the environment we are hurting ourselves too.
"The Miracle of Morning" (2020) by Amanda Gorman centers hope and healing through the grief of modern times.
"South" (2007) by Natasha Trethewey uses beautiful imagery to provide a depiction of the historical grief and death humans have forced upon nature, only to be buried alongside it.
"Warned" (2015) by Sylvia Stults holds humans accountable for climate change in this simple yet complex piece about the actions we as a species need to take to move forward.
"Grace and The Great Turning"(2020) by Joanna Macy beautiful poem captures the calling to something greater than ourselves, our resilience, and our reliance and interdependence with other beings.
"Ways of Looking at a Glacier (after Wallace Stevens)"(2016) by Craig Santos Perez explores the ties between humans and the natural world from which they are inextricable from. This connects images and feelings associated with loss of habitat with the important call to action that exists with the urgency of climate change.
All Along You Were Blooming (2020) by Morgan Harper Nichols offers a celebration of hope, an encounter with grace, a restoration of the heart, a healing of wounds, and an anthem of freedom.
The Well (2020) by Brontë Velez offers a practice in digging into the trauma of the exploitation of Black people and the land. This poem is a powerful exploration of interconnection, resistance, and a future of radical Black wellness. "This is not our apocalypse. We are the doulas."