This article from the Southern Poverty Law Center addresses the work of Garrett Hardin, who was a anti-immigrant extremist and a prominent ecologist. This is one example of a prominent environmentalist from the 1960s and 1970s who promoted a xenophobic ideology under the guise of fears of over-population affecting the environment. For more read here.
This article discusses the ideological underpinnings of the climate change movement and white supremacy, arguing that they are fundamentally at odds. The author suggests fighting against means acknowledging the interconnectedness of environmental systems and society whereas white supremacy rests on creating and maintaining difference. For more read here.
This webinar explores what it means to “decolonize science” in a discussion led by Indigenous and Black scholars. They use the Thirty Meter Telescope and the mountain of Mauna Kea as a case study of colonialism in science. For more watch here.
This article discusses considerations for designing accessible outdoor spaces for people with disabilities, drawing on examples from projects making mountain bike trails, hunting land and hiking trails wheelchair-accessible in Montana. People involved in those projects emphasize that small considerations, such as the size of gates and switchbacks on trails can make a significant difference in physical access. They also challenge the notion that physically disabled people want access to a different style of recreation and say that access should not be limited to paving paths. For more read here.
This article discusses a study on perceptions of environmentalists and concern about the environment that challenges stereotypical notions of environmentalists. The study found that while the most common image of an environmentalist is a wealthy, college-educated white person, people of color and people from low-income backgrounds express a higher level of concern for the environment. They go on to discuss a need for the environmental movement to move towards environmental justice and become more inclusive. For more read here.
This report explores how Environmental Education organizations are engaging in equity, diversity and inclusion practices and identifies strategies and tools on how to improve those practices. The study draws on research conducted with majority white organizational leaders and environmental educators of color and highlights a disconnect between those group’s perceptions of DEI work in their organizations. For more read here.
This report by Green 2.0 investigates the factors that impact the retention and promotions of people of color within the environmental movement. Some of the key findings are that increasing transparency around promotion practices, focusing on employee development and incorporating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion practices into the mission improves the intention to stay for all employees, white and POC. For more read here.
This resource provides a number of resources surrounding Indigenous people who live in international borderlands between the US and Mexico. It has resources that discuss the rights of Indigenous people who have been negatively impacted by US-Mexico immigration policies, the histories of Indigenous nations along the border and the settler-colonial paradigms that shape policy. For more read here.
This is a in-depth lesson plan put together about The Fish Wars of the 1960s and 70s between Indigenous nations and the states of Oregon and Washington, in which the state governments violated the treaty rights of native people and unconstitutionally barred their access to fishing. This is a great resources for educators and students to learn about The Fish Wars and the rights of Native American sovereign nations. For more read here.
This article offers an in-depth look at the history of dispossession of land of black farmers in the American South. It focuses on the story of one multi-generational family of black farmers to illustrate how racist policy and actions forced hundreds of thousands of black farmers off of their land during the 20th century. The author also addresses how policies leading to a lack of land ownership contributes to the significant wealth gap between white and and black families in America. For more read here.
This articles introduces the idea of a “Red New Deal” that ties Indigenous liberation into a demand for sweeping environmental changes. The author also reviews how New Deal economic development relied on the displacement of Indigenous communities from their homes and the destruction of their land. They suggest that policymakers must learn from the consequences of past policies and must choose to center indigenous voices in the new environmental movement. For more read here.
This is a Zine put together that can be used as a tool to begin the work of changing and decolonizing the field of environmental education. The Zine shares personal experiences of POC and Indigenous environmental educators and activists, provides links to numerous articles and resources and offers tools on how to call for systemic environmental justice. For more read here.