From podiums on international stages to mainstream media coverage, from crowds of youth marching in streets, to social media feeds, everywhere we look we can see girls rising in the climate justice movement. Carolyn M. Cunningham and Heather M. Crandall examine these climate activists from the intersection of gender studies, new media studies, and environmental activism. Chapters include cases about iconic climate girls such as Greta Thunberg, Mari Copeny, and Autumn Peltier (Wiikwemkoong First Nation) and lesser-known climate girl activists who design technologies, global non-profit organizations, and lawsuits against governments. Cunningham and Crandall reveal that climate girls are intersectional activists aware of how systems of oppression—including racism, heterosexism, and capitalism—impact the climate crisis. Individuals interested in women’s and gender studies, environmental studies, and communications studies will find this book of particular interest.
Carolyn M. Cunningham is associate professor in the Communication and Leadership Studies Department at Gonzaga University.
Heather M. Crandall is associate professor in the Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University.
Chapter 1 Girls on Earth
Chapter 2 The Greta Effect
Chapter 3 The Flint Girl Effect
Chapter 4 Indigenous Climate Girl Effect
Chapter 5 Technofeminist Climate Girl Effect
Chapter 6 Grassroots Climate Girl Effect
Chapter 7 Lawyer Up Climate Girl Effect
Chapter 8 The Future of the Climate Girl Effect
About the Author
This book has several strengths. First, unlike much of the youth civic media literature, the authors mainly focus on robust political activism rather than cultural media practices that are often presented as more politically-engaged than they are….The authors’ focus on a radically, ethically, economically, and geographically diverse rage of young women activists is a refreshing antidote to the media’s often single-minded fixation on Greta Thunberg….Another of the book’s strengths is its ability to identify what is deeply radical and challenging about many of these activists’ analysis of the climate crisis….this book can make a useful contribution to understanding the powerful and hopeful role of young women in climate movements, how these leaders are often misrepresented in the media coverage, and how they use media effectively to educate and mobilize support.
11/15/2023, Labor Tech Research Network Book Award Mention:
"Drs. Cunningham and Crandall have written an excellent book that explores a wide range of activism labor and technology use for climate activism amongst girl leaders across the world. Female, non-adults and young adults have seldom been the subject of scholarship on labor and technology (excluding studies on influencers). The authors skillfully address and critique the pitfalls of the mainstream media constructions of these girl leaders as “exceptional”—and the structural roots of such framing in Western individualism and patriarchy. Informed by both eco-feminist and techno-feminist traditions, the authors showcase the labor, praxis, discourse, and technologies mobilized by “the climate girls” and the intersectional and coalitional communities they rely on and contribute towards building. The book produces new knowledge about the potentials of labor and technology, new forms of collective activism and community, and the intersections of women’s movements, labor movements, and climate actions."