People the Planet Needs Now

People the Planet Needs Now


This item will be released January 7, 2025.

Voices for Justice, Science, and a Future of Promise

Find inspiration to affect global change with stories and perspectives from people the planet needs now: 25 Black and Brown scientists and activists.

From climate change and industrial waste to social injustice and poverty, the challenges that our world faces are daunting. To make matters worse, many people are turning away from scientific fact in favor of their own beliefs and biases. Yet there is reason for hope. Heroes among us are fighting for a better world—and many of them are Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color (BIPOC). Acclaimed author and photographer Dudley Edmondson has interviewed 25 Black and Brown scientists, environmental justice activists, and social justice activists to inspire change on a global scale.

People the Planet Needs Now is a compilation of personal stories and perspectives from across the United States (and one from the Philippines), as scientists and activists talk about the work they do and their life experiences. The 25 viewpoints are shared conversationally, as if the reader is having a one-on-one dialogue with each storyteller. You’ll learn deeply personal details about their childhood, physical- and mental-health struggles, and racist encounters—which influence everything, from science and what is considered knowledge to where one might live in a particular city and even one’s quality of healthcare and education.

Complete with Dudley’s full-color photography, the book offers a rare opportunity to see and hear from BIPOC scientists and activists about problems with “traditional” science and the current methods of addressing everything from climate change to city design. Black and Brown people are often most directly affected by these problems, so their unique insights offer the possibility for new solutions. These interviews spark conversations about innovative ways to address social, environmental, and related issues.

“It is an honor and privilege to share this collection of personal stories from Black and Brown storytellers with global origins and perspectives,” says Dudley.

Black and Brown people around the globe have an interdependent relationship with nature, and their perspectives can help us push for positive change. People the Planet Needs Now strives to inspire current and future difference-makers to create a better world together.

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Dimensions 7.25 × 9.25 in

Dudley Edmondson



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Publication Date

January 7, 2025


Adventure Publications


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