Portraits of Earth Justice: Americans Who Tell the Truth (Hardcover)
Five compelling essays and fifty stunning portraits and profiles of American environmental activistsThis second volume in the Americans Who Tell the Truth series features Robert Shetterly's magnificent color portraits and profiles of fifty environmental and climate activists--people who diagnose the truth of the greatest crisis humanity has ever confronted and take action. The book also features original essays by revered environmentalists Bill McKibben, Leah Penniman, Diane Wilson, Bill Bigelow, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, whose words illuminate the plight and its causes, and point a way forward. Along with the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the institution of slavery, the third tragic and persistent mistake of the leaders of this country was to attempt to separate economic and political culture from the laws of nature--to operate on the basis that nature could be exploited endlessly for profit. The damage done to the Earth and to the future of life on the planet is incalculable. The people portrayed here have bought warnings, offered solutions, and organized movements to restore ecological sanity.
Robert Shetterly is a visual artist, social activist, and writer. For the past twenty years, he has painted portraits of citizens who address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness in the series Americans Who Tell The Truth, now the subject of the Kane Lewis documentary Truth Tellers. Shetterly's portrait project is also recorded in a multi-volume book series, the first of which is Portraits of Racial Justice (2021). Shetterly has contributed to various collections of drawings and etchings across the U.S. and Europe. Since 1990, Shetterly has been a producer of the Maine Masters Project, a video documentary project highlighting Maine artists, and has served as President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Shetterly lives and works in Brooksville, Maine.