Waste by Catherine Coleman  Flowers audiobook

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

By Catherine Coleman Flowers
Foreword by Bryan Stevenson
Read by Karen Chilton

Recorded Books, Inc., Recorded Books Inc. 9781620976081

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781980073222

  • ISBN: 9781705021583

Runtime: 6.68 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Smithsonian Magazine Pick of Best Science Books of 2020

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

The MacArthur grant–winning “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy

Catherine Coleman Flowers grew up in Lowndes County, Alabama, a place that’s been called “Bloody Lowndes” because of its violent, racist history. Once the epicenter of the voting rights struggle, today it’s Ground Zero for a new movement that is Flowers’s life’s work. It’s a fight to ensure human dignity through a right most Americans take for granted: basic sanitation. Too many people, especially the rural poor, lack an affordable means of disposing cleanly of the waste from their toilets and, as a consequence, live amid filth.

Flowers calls this America’s dirty secret. In this powerful book she tells the story of systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that foster third-world conditions, not just in Alabama but across America, in Appalachia, central California, coastal Florida, Alaska, the urban Midwest, and on Native American reservations.

Flowers’s book is the inspiring story of the evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil-rights organizer to environmental justice champion at Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. It shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards—and not only those of poor minorities.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I never imagined that a book about raw sewage would be a real page-turner but Catherine Flowers’s Waste is just that…It is shocking that in this wealthiest of nations, the most challenged and forgotten people continue to be flushed and forgotten. This book is a stunning eye-opener.” Jane Fonda, actor, activist, and author
“Catherine’s story and her work in Lowndes County should motivate all of us to ensure that environmental injustice will no longer be America’s dirty secret.” John Kerry, 68th US Secretary of State
“Exposes the true injustice of the situation and how it can be remedied, from both sides of the political spectrum. This is a powerful and moving book that deserves wide readership.” Booklist
“A gripping, eye-opening story about the lack of access to basic sanitation in parts of the United States.” Smithsonian
“Spotlights the health toll of a complicated, unpleasant problem.” New York Times Book Review
“This is a book about justice long overdue, and it’s also a book for our pregnant moment, as movements combatting racism, inequality, and climate change converge to win a radically transformed future.” Naomi Klein, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Catherine Coleman Flowers

Author Bio: Catherine Coleman  Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, and since 2008 she has been the rural development manager at the Race and Poverty Initiative of the Equal Justice Initiative.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 6.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English