Love Your Mother

50 States, 50 Stories, and 50 Women United for Climate Justice

Love Your Mother

50 States, 50 Stories, and 50 Women United for Climate Justice

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From elder voices opposing the Dakota Pipeline to young people running for office to advocate for change, every day we see real-life stories about how women are making a collective difference on climate justice. Women are also disproportionately impacted by climate change and thus are critical to transforming society away from dependence on fossil fuels and toward renewable energy and environmental equity.

As a mother and a professor of environmental education, Mallory McDuff wanted to give her two daughters and her students a roadmap to engage in climate justice in their communities, rather than be left feeling paralyzed by the enormity of the problem. She set out to find women of diverse ages, backgrounds, and vocations--one from each of the fifty US states--as inspiration for a new kind of leadership focused on the heart of the climate crisis. Love Your Mother lifts up the stories of these women working toward a viable future, from farmer and rancher Donna Kilpatrick in Arkansas to writer Latria Graham in South Carolina.

From Alabama to Alaska, from Wisconsin to Wyoming, these women are poets, physicians, climate scientists, students, farmers, writers, documentary filmmakers, and more. Their work lights the way for conversation and collective action in our homes and in the world. It's time we follow their lead.


"Love Your Mother is a beautiful ode to Mother Earth and a call to action for climate justice from diverse voices—a must-read!"

Leah Thomas, author of The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet

"Wrap yourself in this book like a lovingly made quilt. In bringing together these stories, Love Your Mother shows how many beautiful, powerful ways there are to do this work, and in doing so, it issues a warm invitation: Join us."

Katharine Wilkinson, coeditor of All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

"This book is a mighty collection, a great read for anyone who cares deeply to care about Earth, community, and the climate crisis. Dr. McDuff offers up bite-size stories of inspiring climate action from across all fifty states, from a spectacularly diverse and accomplished group of women."

Leah Stokes, author of Short Circuiting Policy, and Anton Vonk Associate Professor of Environmental Politics, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Women have been at the forefront of the climate battle from the start, and this book is proof of it. If we have a fighting chance of coming through these decades, it's because of them!"

Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"Mallory McDuff does a beautiful job of taking us along the journey of women tackling the everyday task of living while protecting the planet and their communities. Whether mom, madre, mama, or mother-identifying person, all can find themselves within the words of each story."

Heather McTeer Toney, vice president of community engagement, Environmental Defense Fund

"Expressed in these fifty stories is a wild love for Mother Earth and her children--a love for all of us, alive together, indivisible. These fierce American voices filled me with two emotions I had not allowed myself to experience in a long time: pride and hope."

Will Harlan, author of Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island

"Through vivid, thoughtful storytelling, McDuff's profiles emphasize a timely truth: climate leadership isn't a monolith. Matriarchs, farmers, writers, rebels, scientists, doctors, innovators, influencers, teachers--all of us, in short--have a home in this movement, if we choose to seek it."

Georgia Wright, co-creator of the podcast Inherited

"Love Your Mother is a collection of unadulterated and unconditional love stories--for our fellow humans, for our children, for our mothers--and for Mother Earth. And who doesn't want to read a love story . . . or fifty!"

Jill Drzewiecki, Gender-Responsive Education Specialist, Jesuit Refugee Services

"Mallory McDuff's heartfelt portrayal of these inspiring women demonstrates the power of individuals to address the most consequential issue of our time--the climate crisis. Women, especially those from front-line communities, will bear this burden far more than others."

Stephen Mills, vice president, Strategic Partnerships and International Relations, The Climate Reality Project

"I couldn't put it down. Each story is filled with the joys and struggles of women who are fully engaged in the climate movement. Surely their tenacity and resilience will spark further change across the country. I am deeply grateful for this book of hope for our times!"

Mary Evelyn Tucker, cofounder, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

"Yes, the women profiled here are investors, teachers, scientists, and farmers; but they are also mothers, daughters, volleyball players, cooks, and sculptors--and in sharing their stories, Mallory McDuff offers fifty examples of what we can do."

Peter Turchi, author of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer

"Mallory McDuff offers a tapestry of beautiful stories about the kind of transformative love and momentum needed to usher in climate justice. These women in different communities and walks of life, understand the stakes of this moment because their daily lives are materially shaped by the climate crisis."

Aby Sène-Harper, assistant professor and researcher in conservation social science, Clemson University

"From India's Bishnois women--the original tree huggers--to courageous Catholic sisters and more, women have played a vital leadership role in efforts to protect the planet. Mallory McDuff tells these stories with her characteristic verve and depth of belief."

The Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director, GreenFaith

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506464442
  • eBook ISBN 9781506464459
  • Dimensions 5.25 x 8.25
  • Pages 276
  • Publication Date April 11, 2023