Earth, Milky Way: punctum books, 2023. 208 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-68571-112-2. DOI: 10.53288/0451.1.00. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $23.00 in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

Generously and deliciously, Naomi Ortiz takes readers into the folds of life in the Sonoran Desert border zones, and shares ‘a wobbly set of Crip hacks.’ Ortiz uses humor, passion, and ceremony to invite us into their world.

~ Petra Kuppers, Anita Gonzalez Collegiate Professor of Performance Studies and Disability Culture and author of Gut Botany

In Rituals for Climate Change: A Crip Struggle for Ecojustice, Naomi Ortiz deftly braids rich lyrical poetry with poignant personal stories to explore eco-grief, ableism, and interdependence with nature. They write from a place of profound strength and softness; their powerful book is a restorative balm and rallying cry to coax us out of complacency and into interconnectedness. What a tender gem of a book that invites us to witness, listen, and grapple with the nuances and paradoxes of an ever-changing landscape.

~ Win-Sie Tow, writer and community organizer

Rituals for Climate Change is a meditation on listening, searching, supporting the ecosystem around us … of what is in control, beyond control, and how to honor life. An exploration into poems sung to the land we lean on.

~ J. Davis, hydrologist

Rituals for Climate Change: A Crip Struggle for Ecojustice

Disability justice and ecojustice are rarely considered together but are in constant conversation in our world. Rituals for Climate Change: A Crip Struggle for Ecojustice, combining poetry and the lyrical essay, doesn’t contain just one point of view but encompasses dialectical perspectives which often exist in contradiction to each other. A disabled person is in need of plastic cups and concerned about the overwhelming plastic in our ecosystems. Ortiz expands on and complicates who is seen as an environmentalist and what being in relationship with the land can look like.

This book is an offering to explore the spiritual question of how to witness. It serves as a companion to those also grappling with the difficult and often unanswerable questions posed by climate change in the borderlands. By exploring the ways body, mind, and cultures both clash with and long for ecojustice, Rituals for Climate Change offers an often-overlooked perspective on climate-grief, interdependence, and resilience. Disabled people know how to adapt to a world that is ever changing without considering them.

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