Third Place Books welcomes Brianna Craft—senior researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and a University of Washington alumnus—for a presentation of her new book, Everything That Rises: A Climate Change Memoir.
Bill McKibben writes of Craft's debut work: “[Everything That Rises is] an instant classic and a crucial addition to the literature of the environment. It tells many stories, but the through-line is the best account yet from inside the global climate negotiations. . . Do not miss it for any reason.” This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.
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Nineteen-year-old Brianna Craft is having a panic attack. A professor’s matter-of-fact explanation of the phenomenon known as “climate change” has her white-knuckling the table in her first environmental studies lecture. Out of her father’s house, she was supposed to be safe.
This moment changed everything for Brianna. For her first internship, she jumped at the chance to assist the Least Developed Countries Group at the United Nations’ negotiations meant to produce a new climate treaty. While working for those most ignored yet most impacted by the climate crisis, she grappled with the negligent indifference of those who hold the most power. This dynamic painfully reminded her of growing up in a house where the loudest voice always won and violence silenced those in need.
Four years later, Brianna witnessed the adoption of the first universal climate treaty, the Paris Agreement. In this memoir that blends the political with the personal, Brianna dives into what it means to advocate for the future, and for the people and places you love, all while ensuring your own voice doesn’t get lost in the process.
“The most unusual and authentic book you will ever read on climate change. The international climate change negotiation may appear as an institutionalized impersonal political process. Craft shows how it is actually deeply personal, mysteriously exhilarating and profoundly moving.”
—Christiana Figueres, author of The Future We Choose: The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to the Climate Crisis and former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
“This is a tour de force—an instant classic and a crucial addition to the literature of the environment. It tells many stories, but the through-line is the best account yet from inside the global climate negotiations. It's told from the most important and least acknowledged of viewpoints—the negotiating team for the poorest and most vulnerable nations—and it's told with love, power, brio, insight, passion and compassion. Do not miss it for any reason.”
—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“Within her irresistible memoir, Everything That Rises, Brianna Craft powerfully embodies advocacy for all communities affected by environmental disaster. In a story that is alternately harrowing and enchanting, Craft’s honesty and passion inspire her readers to heed her clarion call to defend the environments of marginalized countries— and neighborhoods, because in protecting our neighborhoods we are protecting Earth, our common home. Thanks to Craft’s exquisitely recounted dual journey, readers not only comprehend, but also feel, that all ‘global’ climate change is local.”
—Harriet A. Washington, author of A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind and Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Brianna Craft is a senior researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Based in London, she researches climate diplomacy, taking specific interest in the Paris Agreement and provisions to develop and transfer technology. Craft works to further equity in this forum for the world’s poorest countries, which have done the least to cause climate change but are the most vulnerable to its impacts. Craft holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University in addition to a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and minors in urban design and planning, and environmental studies from the University of Washington.
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