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"The Earth and her beings have been speaking. But we failed to listen. Arctic Voices compels us to listen. We will stay deaf at our peril."
—Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya and author of Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development

"A marvelous work, a marvelous land—hear the voices that call us to save these jewels of our planet."
—James E. Hansen, director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity

"One of the great strengths of Arctic Voices is that it shows how Alaska and the Arctic are tied to the places where most of us live. In this impassioned book, Banerjee shows a situation so serious that it has created a movement, where 'voices of resistance are gathering, are getting louder and louder.' May his heartfelt efforts magnify them."
—Ian Frazier, The New York Review of Books

“Part of our failure to recognise the dangers at stake is that the Arctic still tends to be perceived as a big barren desert of ice, apolitical and disconnected from our political concerns, up for grabs. The book Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point offers an encyclopedic approach to reframe such understandings.”
—Manuela Picq, Al Jazeera 

“Their reverence for, and connection to, the earth—its animals, water, mountains and land—is beautifully described in Arctic Voices, and each essay is as much a prayer as a call to activism.”
—Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout  
 "Just in time, then, comes Banerjee's latest volume, Arctic Voices, a wakeup call from 39 artists, writers, biologists, Alaska Natives and activists [...] the eyewitness accounts and reports in Arctic Voices question the wisdom of relying on fossil fuel fixes, urging restraint in our approach to the nation's last great wilderness area."
—Michael Engelhard, High Country News

"Right from the beginning I’m emotionally connected with this book [...]"
—The Environmental Blog

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About the Author

Over the past decade SUBHANKAR BANERJEE has been a leading international voice on issues of arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development, and climate change. In 2003 he published Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a photo book of his fourteen-month long journey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Through a Lannan Foundation grant, 10,000 copies of the book were donated to libraries and policy makers across the country. He was recently Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham University in New York. He has received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from New Mexico State University and a Cultural Freedom Award from Lannan Foundation. Banerjee lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160980385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609803858
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reinhard Hennig on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While I am writing these words, Shell is preparing to drill for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas near the coast of Arctic Alaska. Gazprom has an offshore oil rig already in place in the Pechora Sea. Few days ago, Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil announced that they plan to drill on a large scale in the Barents Sea from next year on. All of this is done despite the known fact that even if we only burn the already discovered oil reserves, the aim of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius can never be reached; that it simply is not possible to recover oil from a spill in the harsh weather conditions of the Arctic; and that both ecosystems and people in the far North are under immense pressure already now: Climate change is proceeding twice as fast there as elsewhere. This summer, Arctic sea ice was at a record low, causing troubles not only for animals such as polar bears and seals, but also for traditional hunters, who depend very much on the ice. Less sea ice, thawing permafrost soils and more extreme weather also mean increased erosion, which - together with rising sea levels - threatens many coastal communities in the Arctic.
Arctic Voices, edited by Indian-born American writer, photographer and activist Subhankar Banerjee, is therefore an urgently needed book. The more than 30 different contributions and a large number of (partly coloured) photographs impressively clarify what is happening in the Arctic at the moment. These texts, written by scientists, anthropologists, writers, members of indigenous communities, and activists, limit themselves however not to lamenting the described disquieting developments. They also demonstrate that resistance exists, and that it, despite many throwbacks, often can be successfull.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Konrad on February 13, 2013
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As indicated by the title, this book is a collection of different stories by various authors describing history of the Arctic from hundreds of years ago to the present. The beginning of this book is so depressing that you may want to just give up. The indigenous people of the Arctic have been treated badly in the past and now they have to try and live through global warming and oil exploration. The facts aren't always nice, but they are the facts. As the book progresses it lightens up a little so you can keep on to the end. It's well worth it, for you get a real feeling of the Arctic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andres Iturriaga on August 2, 2014
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The topic of the book is important, but the stories are very basic, really almost all are not stories at all but accounts, reports or testimonies, many not written for this book, prefaced by long introductions very boring about when the author met someone or the date he asked someone to write something or what photos he took and when. Very repetitive too, it seems to me there are much more places people or animals they lost the opportunity to inspire. Here again and again about the same topic, how they have fought or how they will fight big oil when in reality they never se a fight, only complains or talking, words without taking any risk, if that means to fight to them it is no surprise they are getting nowhere. Only two stars because I like the Arctic and environment
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Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point is a wake-up call to the dire threats facing the Arctic due to the exploitation of the area’s natural resources. As the world-renowned environmentalist, Subhankar Banerjee, states in his introduction to this lengthy tome: “through [the over 30] stories, in this volume…we talk about big animals, big migrations, big hunting, big land, big rivers, big ocean, and big sky; and also about the big coal, big oil, big warming, big spills, big pollution, big legislations, and big lawsuits. And we talk about small things, too…”. It comes as no surprise that Banerjee, who specifically became a US citizen so that he could have a legitimate say regarding conservation issues in the US, has focused this volume largely on Arctic Alaska, although the developing problems and risks described have bearing on the whole of the Arctic, as, indeed, they have on the rest of the world. Other areas in the Arctic that are specifically covered are the Nunavut, Northwell and Yukon Territories in the Canadian Arctic, as well as Siberia, Greenland, Svalband, and Iceland. The text is supplemented by two full-color photo inserts, containing drawings as well as photos, as well as seventy-five black-and-white photographs, portraying the beauty of this magnificent landscape that was left untarnished by humankind for so many centuries prior to the depredations brought by modern exploitative practices, which are also pictured here.

Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, therefore, reflects, in all its sombreness, the seriousness of the situation on a global scale, with all its potentially devastating impact relating to both pollution and climate change.
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Great selection of stories providing a crucial insight into the struggles of wildlife and people in the arctic, while also bringing to light why everyone around the world should start asking questions about the current oil industry activities and the consequent repercussions.
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