How Women Can Save The Planet

May 2021 9781787384613 392pp
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As featured in Emma Watson’s COP-26 reading list, this is a smart, bold and inclusive call to arms: let’s resolve the climate emergency by fighting for gender equality.

Here’s a perverse truth: from New Orleans to Bangladesh, women—especially poor women of colour—are suffering most from a crisis they have done nothing to cause. Yet where, in environmental policy, are the voices of elderly European women dying in heatwaves? Of African girls dropping out of school due to drought? Our highest-profile climate activists are women and girls; but, at the top table, it’s men deciding the earth’s future.

We’re not all in it together—but we could be. Instead of expecting individual women to save the planet, what we need are visionary, global climate policies that are gender-inclusive and promote gender equality.

Anne Karpf shines a light on the radical ideas, compelling research and tireless campaigns, led by and for women around the world, that have inspired her to hope. Her conversations with female activists show how we can fight back, with strength in diversity. And, faced with the most urgent catastrophe of our times, she offers a powerful vision: a Green New Deal for Women.


‘Inspiring […] Karpf writes with a strong and invigorating moral purpose – and also warmth. She is not interested in exploring what women can and should do about the climate crisis, but rather seeks to draw attention to how the politics of gender is intermingled with it.’ — The Guardian

‘Karpf’s rousing call for a coalition of hopers, initiators and enablers, united to create a healthy planet with climate, racial and gender justice at its heart, is one we must not only listen to, but act on. Fast!’ — Caroline Lucas MP

‘Eye-opening, overtly polemical, admirably angry. Often staggering, and ultimately unputdownable.’ — Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, author of Peak Inequality

‘A book for women who want to change the world. Karpf writes with engaging warmth and conviction about the many conflicts faced by women from both the Global North and South.’ — Ann Pettifor, author of The Case for the Green New Deal

‘This book makes an important point. Women have long been at the absolute forefront of the climate movement, and they need to be equally well represented in climate policymaking. Climate feminism is a crucial force for the future.’ — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder of


Anne Karpf is a sociologist and award-winning journalist, contributing regularly to The Guardian and other publications. Her books include How to Age, translated into ten languages, and acclaimed family memoir The War After: Living with the Holocaust. She is Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University.

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