Waste by Catherine Coleman  Flowers audiobook

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

By Catherine Coleman Flowers
Foreword by Bryan Stevenson
Read by Karen Chilton

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The MacArthur grant–winning “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy Catherine Coleman Flowers grew up in Lowndes County, Alabama, a place that’s been called “Bloody Lowndes” because of its violent, racist history. Once the epicenter of the voting rights struggle, today it’s Ground Zero for a new movement that is Flowers’s life’s work. It’s a fight to ensure human dignity through a right most Americans take for granted: basic sanitation. Too many people, especially the rural poor, lack an affordable means of disposing cleanly of the waste from their toilets and, as a consequence, live amid filth. Flowers calls this America’s dirty secret. In this powerful book she tells the story of systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that foster third-world conditions, not just in Alabama but across America, in Appalachia, central California, coastal Florida, Alaska, the urban Midwest, and on Native American reservations. Flowers’s book is the inspiring story of the evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil-rights organizer to environmental justice champion at Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. It shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards—and not only those of poor minorities.

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Summary

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A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

A Smithsonian Magazine Pick of Top 10 Science Books of 2020

The MacArthur grant–winning “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America, with a foreword by the renowned author of Just Mercy

Catherine Coleman Flowers grew up in Lowndes County, Alabama, a place that’s been called “Bloody Lowndes” because of its violent, racist history. Once the epicenter of the voting rights struggle, today it’s Ground Zero for a new movement that is Flowers’s life’s work. It’s a fight to ensure human dignity through a right most Americans take for granted: basic sanitation. Too many people, especially the rural poor, lack an affordable means of disposing cleanly of the waste from their toilets and, as a consequence, live amid filth.

Flowers calls this America’s dirty secret. In this powerful book she tells the story of systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that foster third-world conditions, not just in Alabama but across America, in Appalachia, central California, coastal Florida, Alaska, the urban Midwest, and on Native American reservations.

Flowers’s book is the inspiring story of the evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil-rights organizer to environmental justice champion at Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. It shows how sanitation is becoming too big a problem to ignore as climate change brings sewage to more backyards—and not only those of poor minorities.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a book about justice long overdue.” Naomi Klein, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Making the case for investment in America’s rural population.” New Yorker
“Its straightforward faith in the possibility of building a better world, from the ground up, is contagious.” New York Times Book Review
“A gripping, eye-opening story about the lack of access to basic sanitation in parts of the United States.” Smithsonian
“Exposes the true injustice of the situation and how it can be remedied, from both sides of the political spectrum. This is a powerful and moving book.” Booklist
“A real page-turner…This book is a stunning eye-opener.” Jane Fonda, actor, activist, and author
“Catherine’s story and her work in Lowndes County should motivate all of us to ensure that environmental injustice will no longer be America’s dirty secret.” John Kerry, 68th US Secretary of State

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Author

Author Bio: Catherine Coleman Flowers

Author Bio: Catherine Coleman  Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice, and since 2008 she has been the rural development manager at the Race and Poverty Initiative of the Equal Justice Initiative.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 6.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English