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1,001 Voices on Climate Change

Everyday Stories of Flood, Fire, Drought, and Displacement from Around the World

A journalist travels the world to collect personal stories about how flood, fire, drought, and rising seas are changing communities.

It’s official: 2020 will be remembered as the year when apocalyptic climate predictions finally came true in America. Catastrophic wildfires on the West Coast and relentless hurricanes and flooding in the South have given us a taste of what some communities have already been living with for far too long. Yet we don’t often hear the voices of the people most affected. Journalist Devi Lockwood set out to change that.

In 1,001 Voices on Climate Change, Lockwood travels the world, often by bicycle, collecting first-person accounts of climate change. She talks to indigenous elders and youth in Fiji and Tuvalu about drought and disappearing coastlines, and bikes the length of New Zealand and Australia interviewing the people she meets about retreating glaciers, contaminated rivers, and wildfires. She rides through Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia to listen to marionette puppeteers and novice Buddhist monks. From Denmark and Sweden to China, Turkey, the Canadian Arctic, and the Peruvian Amazon, she finds that ordinary people sharing their stories does far more to advance understanding and empathy than even the most alarming statistics and studies. This book is a hopeful global listening tour for climate change, channeling the urgency of those who have already glimpsed the future to help us avoid the worst.

Devi Lockwood is a technology and culture reporter at Rest of World. Previously, she worked as an editor and writer at The New York Times Opinion section. She spent five years traveling in twenty countries on six continents to document 1,001 stories on water and climate change, funded in part by the Gardner & Shaw postgraduate travelling fellowships from Harvard. As a 2018 National Geographic Early Career Explorer, she photographed and recorded audio with ArtCirq, an Inuit Arctic performance collective. In 2014, Devi graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Harvard, where she studied Folklore and Mythology, earned a Language Citation in Arabic, and rowed for the Radcliffe Varsity Lightweight Women’s Rowing team. In 2019, she completed an MS in Science Writing at MIT. You can read her writing in The New York TimesThe GuardianSlateThe Washington PostBicycling MagazineYale Climate Connections, Rest of World, and elsewhere.