Umair Muhammad is a PhD student at York University, where his research focuses on the political economy of the environment. He is the author of Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism, a book that challenges us to move beyond individualist and lifestyle-centric forms of activism. He has been involved in student and community organizing for six years, doing work in the areas of anti-poverty and environmental activism. He is currently a member of Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty, where he is helping to organize against pipeline projects. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
In The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert powerfully documents a planetary tragedy. But the book is heedless of social roots of and solutions for the crisis, indicting, instead, essential flaws in human nature and offering only fatalistic despair.