Agam is exquisite: a deeply original concept executed with tremendous artistry. Rather than asking readers to care about the whole world at once, these elegant vignettes distill the climate crisis down to its most intimate and human details. By focusing on the small, the biggest questions of all are cracked open. How do we heal after our most beloved and nourishing places have turned against us? How do we live in a world that has itself become a question mark? And most of all: How can we stop inflicting such violence on one another?
~ Naomi Klein
Excerpts from Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change
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“A highly insightful book…”
~ LOREN LEGARDA,
Senator, Republic of the Philippines
“…this is MAGNIFICENT. Fabulous. Fantastic. Thanks so much for the share. Green Hope at its very best and most eloquent. The GH platform we’re putting together will now be inspired by Agam to include this sort of storytelling, and more, since we’ll be making it part of a broader communications project to take these stories deep into every society on the planet.”
~ ALEX DIAZ, Puerto Rican Journalist/Environmentalist
“As always, words and pictures make for a nice package. Paired together in this context, the book presents a very human face of the climate problem, which is just as loud a call for attention and understanding as the jargon-infested reports of climate experts. The people behind the project do not implore readers to go out on the streets and seek changes through threats and militancy; what they hope to accomplish through “Agam” is for readers to think more deeply about the problem, particularly its causes, so that long-term solutions can be proposed.”
~ KARL B. KAUFMAN,
“In between sorrow and whatever feelings the inadequacy in disaster preparation/management stirs in you, Agam contain narratives that aim to inspire change. After all, it all begins with desire-to improve and to help.”
“I am glad that the literary community of the Philippines has taken notice… I look forward to the time when climate change will be the overriding theme of songs and poems.. [The book is about] lamentation and grief, tenacity and hope…”
~ JOSE MA. CLEMENTE SARTE SALCEDA,
Economist; Governor, Albay Province
and Chair, Green Climate Fund
“No technical terms and jargon here. Within each literary piece, accompanied by moving post-disaster photographs, lies the invitation to speak, to think, to learn from the past even as we move to the future.”
“Agam is aimed at restoring the survivors as the locus and centerpiece of the continuing narrative(s) around Yolanda. And it succeeds admirably. Facts, statistics, demographic predictions, scientific charts—these are all very well and good, and unquestionably important, but lack the emotional pull that draws the reader in. Unless stories and poems are wrought that make us feel viscerally the maelstrom of emotions and events brought about by the storm, then Yolanda remains a terrifying notion but mostly in the abstract. More than that, even as depressing as the context to these texts may be, the very fact of their existence, of their being written and read, implies continuity, of hope and humanity. This is a way of saying, we will bend with the wind but with grace, humor and fortitude. We will survive.”
~ LUIS FRANCIA,