Much of the information we glean from this book is really just a condensed version of the story that the Mary Robinson Foundation has been raising awareness of since it was set up in 2010. It was founded upon the premise of merging two ideas together: giving a platform to disempowered citizens whose lives have been drastically affected by climate change, while framing that discussion with the dignity it deserves. Here, Robinson uses both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as basic guiding principles... Robinson’s lucid, direct style works because it gives a voice to those who have taken it upon themselves to tackle Earth’s most pressing problems. The book’s central message is a mantra worth repeating: individual local action can grow into a global idea, producing positive change. Put simply: it’s up to us to take immediate action if we want to prevent our planet cooking itself to death in the coming decades.
Robinson amplifies the voices of those whose stories would not normally reach us and hopes our empathy for them will inspire action on climate change... Although we can sense Robinson’s frustration with US president Donald Trump’s climate policies, she otherwise idealises the international climate policy arena... It is difficult to reconcile Robinson’s optimism while her home country ranks worst in Europe on climate action, one of only a few EU countries in which greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb... As president herself, Robinson was known for reshaping the office for more meaningful purposes. It is therefore disappointing that Climate Justice lost an opportunity to acknowledge the need for profound system change both in Ireland and abroad... Notwithstanding this and the unlikelihood of climate justice stories to prompt action, Robinson’s book still inspires through its portrayals of resilience... Robinson’s stories provide a window into our own future, and her legacy on climate justice is a point of light in Ireland’s otherwise dark record on climate change.