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Cover of Not Too Late in front of Loyola's campus

During their time on campus, the Class of 2028 will think deeply about how they can become ethical leaders, consumers, and citizens while promoting justice in the diverse communities in which they live and serve. To support this personal development, we have selected Not Too Late edited by Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua as the 2024-2025 Loyola University Maryland Common Text.

Loyola faculty members, administrators, and students chose this book largely because of the broad range of essays and experiences the book offers about leadership, advocacy, and caring for our common home. Not Too Late will challenge all community members to examine our relationship with our shared planet and our responsibilities to each other and future generations, while considering societal issues such as consumption, resource management, environmental justice, systemic racism, and more.

Not Too Late promises an introduction to the depth of thought, imagination, and challenge you can expect from your time at Loyola. We look forward to reading along with you and entering a conversation that enlightens and enriches your college experience. Members of the Class of 2028 will receive a copy of Not Too Late at summer orientation. Those not attending an in-person orientation session will receive a code to their Loyola e-mail to redeem an e-book in late June. The text will be integrated into class discussions and programming throughout your first-year experience.

From Haymarket Books

Not Too Late brings strong climate voices from around the world to address the political, scientific, social, and emotional dimensions of the most urgent issue human beings have ever faced. Accessible, encouraging, and engaging, it's an invitation to everyone to understand the issue more deeply, participate more boldly, and imagine the future more creatively.

In concise, illuminating essays and interviews, Not Too Late features the voices of Indigenous activists, such as Guam-based attorney and writer Julian Aguon; climate scientists, among them Jacquelyn Gill and Edward Carr; artists, such as Marshall Islands poet and activist Kathy Jeñtil-Kijiner; and longtime organizers, including The Tyranny of Oil author Antonia Juhasz and Emergent Strategy author adrienne maree brown. 

Shaped by the clear-eyed wisdom of editors Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua, and enhanced by illustrations by David Solnit, Not Too Late is a guide to take us from climate crisis to climate hope.

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