Author of The Irma Diaries, Angela Burnett is on an international mission to ‘spread the word’ that climate change is real and it is time for action.
The Irma Diaries is a collection of 25 survivor stories based on first-hand interviews with survivors on the islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada.
Burnett is currently in the United States on a book tour covering a total of five northeastern states with her message; capitalizing on her opportunity to highlight the Virgin Islands as a country on the frontlines of climate change.
“I am advocating for policymakers in Washington DC to take serious action on climate change. Studies indicate inaction on climate change is mainly due to people feeling disconnected from the issue – seeing it as abstract, vague, and not happening now or hurting anybody,” Burnett said.
“The Irma Diaries will hopefully change that by drawing people into our experience as small islands on the frontlines of climate change, which is happening now and having major impacts. The USA Book Tour is an opportunity to bring the platform of The Irma Diaries to life.”
Her tour began on April 12 at the Ivy-league Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where she appeared on a panel with leading authors, storytellers, and poets.
She has already addressed hundreds who attended this year’s March for Science in Boston, sharing the platform with Massachusetts State Senator Marc Pacheco, who is one of the leaders on climate change.
She is scheduled to address the Massachusetts Climate Leadership Summit at UMass Amherst this week, making various stops at Smith College and Brandeis University in Massachusetts, Rutgers University in New Jersey, and the University of Maryland.
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Additionally, Burnett is expected to be the keynote speaker at the launch of Paperbark Magazine, which will feature The Irma Diaries on its first cover.
Other stops will include the local author appearing as a panellist at Ivy-league Columbia University in New York, discussing Climate Change and Small Island Developing States.
Also on her agenda will be to promote the newly established Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund, which was designed to finance climate change projects.
She is donating 25 percent of profits from the sale of the book towards the fund, while an additional 25 percent will go to the survivors she interviewed for the book.
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