TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials

Sheila Watt Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author of The Right to Be Cold

"There is no better time then now for the world to learn from this important work by Gleb Raygorodetsky as he respectfully allows the Indigenous voices, those most impacted by climate change, to shine through in his writing."

Sheila Watt Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, author of The Right to Be Cold

Patricia Cochrane, Inupiat Eskimo, Executive Director Alaska Native Science Commission

"When Indigenous Peoples meet one another for the first time it’s as if we’ve always known each other. Gleb’s powerful and knowledgeable book captures that essence and the intimate ties we have to our Mother Earth. This book is like reading my own ancestry. We say that ‘all things are connected’ and these stories show us how related we all are."

Patricia Cochrane, Inupiat Eskimo, Executive Director Alaska Native Science Commission

Mark Dowie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Conservation Refugees

"Few writers, anywhere in the world, know and understand the complex relationship indigenous people have with climate as well and deeply as Gleb Raygorodetsky. I am so gratified, and they should be as well, that he has finally put his knowledge and wisdom in one concise and ever-so-readable document."

Mark Dowie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Conservation Refugees

Dr. Donna Green, Climate Change Research Center, the University of New South Wales, Australia

"This book was waiting to be written and Gleb Raygorodetsky has the unique background and skills to tell these communities’ stories with clarity and insight."

Dr. Donna Green, Climate Change Research Center, the University of New South Wales, Australia

Paul Hawken, New York Times bestselling author of Blessed Unrest

“There could be no more accurate or prescient way to see our climatic future than through the eyes of Indigenous people, whose survival depends on the intimacy with which they interact with living systems. In Archipelago, longtime inhabitants of earth give us their eyes and ears, and we, who can be dumbfounded by an overwhelming onslaught of information, find a precious wisdom that is bestowed to those who patiently abide in the life of the world.”

Paul Hawken, New York Times bestselling author of Blessed Unrest

Carol Hiltner, Author & Artist, President of Altai Mir University

"Dr. Gleb Raygorodetsky expresses extraordinary scientific insights about the natural world in intimate and inspiring prose. He puts the reader directly into the forests and cabins of the indigenous peoples about whom he writes."

Carol Hiltner, Author & Artist, President of Altai Mir University

Henry Huntington, Co-author of The Meaning of Ice and contributor to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment

"Gleb Raygorodetsky has spent his life immersed in the trials and dreams of indigenous peoples around the world. Archipelago of Hope presents his personal and professional experiences and insights in a lively and compelling set of stories from around the world. Much has been written about climate change, but little that displays the conviction, passion, and depth that Gleb brings to this task. Ultimately, his message is one of optimism: there is still time to act, if only we can show the patience and commitment to listen and learn from those, like Gleb, who have taken the time to earn their wisdom."

Henry Huntington, Co-author of The Meaning of Ice and contributor to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment

Ashish Kothari, Founder-member Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group

"Gleb Raygorodetsky’s journey through indigenous peoples of five continents shines an empathetic and sensitive light on the deepest sources of wisdom that we still have left on earth. While climate change is the focus, it is clear that such peoples have much to teach the rest of us about how to live responsibly towards the rest of nature, and towards each other. Powerful images and clear prose, both based Gleb’s obvious immersion in the lives of these peoples, makes this book enormously educative, useful, and delightful."

Ashish Kothari, Founder-member Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group

David Maxwell-Braun, Editor, National Geographic Voices

"Few non-native people understand the sacred ancient connection indigenous people have with Mother Earth better than Gleb Raygorodetsky. Here in the inimitable clarity and style for which we know him from his National Geographic Voices blog, Gleb takes us to every inhabited continent, to meet and converse with people who are witnessing the impact of climate change on ecosystems they have related with for countless generations. For them there is no need of abstract scientific data to show there is a real disturbance in our planet’s life-giving force. Yet it is in these same forgotten corners of the world that Gleb also finds traditional knowledge of our planetary organism may well be our species’ ultimate lifeline."

David Maxwell-Braun, Editor, National Geographic Voices

Gonzalo Oveido, Senior Advisor, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

“Although scattered throughout the world in oceans of change and conventional development, indigenous cultures are indeed islands of hope—for their historical roots, for their intimate connection with the land, for their wisdom, and for their resilience. It is precisely this resilience which should be cause for reflection, learning, empathy, and solidarity.”

Gonzalo Oveido, Senior Advisor, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Dr. Jules Pretty, OBE, University of Essex

“This finite blue-green planet creaks under growing pressure. Solutions must come from within: we will all need to find ways of living with a light touch on the planet, and yet at the same time, bring well-being and contentment. This fine book develops a much-needed narrative of hope. We should listen and learn.”

Dr. Jules Pretty, OBE, University of Essex

Dr. Rajindra K. Puri, University of Kent

“The Archipelago of Hope shares important stories and sophisticated biocultural strategies. I highly recommend this inspiring book, with warm, loving photographs and many other resources, to lead us to a better appreciation of the rich biocultural diversity of our shared world, and a more inclusive and humble approach to stewarding it through these times and into the future.”

Dr. Rajindra K. Puri, University of Kent

Eleanor Sterling, American Museum of Natural History

“Archipelago of Hope is at once a clarion call for action and an inspirational compendium of steps that indigenous peoples around the world are taking to address the world’s changing climate. We have much to learn from the peoples whom Gleb Raygorodetsky has met and his elegant, evocative writing will immerse the reader in the places and experiences of those peoples.”

Eleanor Sterling, American Museum of Natural History

David Suzuki, winner of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Science and the United Nations Environmental Medal

“Indigenous people around the world are the only ones with a track record of living in relative balance with their surroundings for thousands of years. There was never a more important time in human history for their perspective and wisdom. The Archipelago of Hope is extremely timely and informative as we confront the reality that the growth imperative of the technologically-driven global economy must be abandoned as we embrace the health of Mother Nature as the source of our survival and health.”

David Suzuki, winner of the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for Science and the United Nations Environmental Medal

Scott Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, National Geographic contributor

“Exciting and hugely important. Raygorodetsky listens to the voices of those who are so often unheard and overlooked: the world’s indigenous peoples. These people are also in possession of deep knowledge that will be needed for us to heal ourselves and the planet. Archipelago of Hope will be an important resource in the tumultuous years ahead.”

Scott Wallace, New York Times bestselling author of The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, National Geographic contributor

Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., L.H.D., President, Amazon Conservation Team & Author of Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice

"In this wonderful book, Dr. Raygorodetsky takes us to the far ends of the earth to witness indigenous cultures doing what they have always done - not just survive, but thrive in challenging environments where we westerners would not have even a remote chance of eking out a living. And not only are his indigenous guides, friends, teachers and colleagues managing to live, they are adapting in the face of rapid climate change. This book brings a message of hope and inspiration for all of us!"

Mark Plotkin, Ph.D., L.H.D., President, Amazon Conservation Team & Author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice