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There is no such thing as a natural disaster: a climate justice and just transition reading list

Each day we face new threats born of the natural world that have been made into ongoing catastrophes by the entrenched inequalities of our human systems--specifically racial capitalism, extractive economics and industries, and a culture that values profit over people. W.E.B. DuBois wrote decades ago of racial labor inequalities, “As the South goes, so goes the nation;” what we learn from the ongoing climate justice crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and across the global South is that what happens in the South first, will eventually happen everywhere.

We also know that brilliant, brave, and creative organizers, union leaders, and activists have been working to build strategies that center the people of the South, and specifically the people of the Gulf and Caribbean to help lead the way in the transition to a new climate future that builds economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. This movement, called “Just Transition,” is on our minds each summer as hurricane season looms in the South while fires rage out West. 

This booklist is a mix of books about the Just Transition movement (though many of the best writings of this movement remain online and in pamphlet form and are not yet collected into books), Environmental Racism, Climate Justice--the idea that environmentalism is not complete without a consideration of human systems including inequalities and oppressions--, and histories and stories about Katrina, Maria, and the Gulf coast in our nation’s history. 

If you would like to learn more about the Just Transition Movement here is a great introduction from the Climate Justice Alliance:

Our hearts and minds continue to be with the people of the Gulf who are working to stabilize their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. With so much happening in the world it can be easy to move quickly from one disaster to the next, numb in our heartbreak, but we ask that all people across the global South and around the world keep their eyes on the Gulf and send resources to the organizers who are on the ground and from the small and medium-sized towns that most need support right now.

Here are a few of the organizations and mutual aid funds we recommend:

Another Gulf is Possible Mutual Aid Fund

Cooperation Jackson Mutual Aid Fund by a group who are building a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises.

Foundation for Louisiana: a Black-led, social justice philanthropy org founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

House of Tulip rapid response fund for transgender and gender non-conforming community members directly impacted by Hurricane Ida. Cashapp $HouseofTulip Venmo: @HouseofTulip PayPal:

IDA Relief for Small Black Neighborhoods

Pointe-au-chien Tribe Mutual Aid Fund for tribe members

RISE St. James A Black-led environmental justice organization. Donate:


1,001 Voices on Climate Change: Everyday Stories of Flood, Fire, Drought, and Displacement from Around the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982146719
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Published: Tiller Press - August 24th, 2021

Join journalist Devi Lockwood as she bikes around the world collecting personal stories about how flood, fire, drought, and rising seas are changing communities.

It’s official: 2020 will be remembered as the year when apocalyptic climate predictions finally came true.

The Sea Is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook Cover Image
By Cynthia Kaufman, Bill McKibben (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781629638652
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Published: PM Press - June 29th, 2021

The Sea is Rising and So Are We: A Climate Justice Handbook is an invitation to get involved in the movement to build a just and sustainable world in the face of the most urgent challenge our species has ever faced.

Working-Class Environmentalism: An Agenda for a Just and Fair Transition to Sustainability Cover Image
ISBN: 9783030295189
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - January 21st, 2020

1. Introduction: Environmental Classism.- 2. Class and Classism.- 3. Carrying the Environmental Burdens.- 4. The Environmental Policy Makers.- 5. The Environmental Policy Influencers.- 6. Working-Class Environmentalism.- 7. Explaining Environmental Classism?.- 8. Supporting Working-Class Environmentalism.

There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities Cover Image
ISBN: 9781773630571
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Published: Fernwood Publishing - April 2nd, 2018

In "There's Something In The Water", Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593237083
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Published: One World - July 20th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.

“A powerful read that fills one with, dare I say . . . hope?”—The New York Times


Climate Change Is Racist: Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781785787751
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Published: Icon Books - August 10th, 2021

'Will open the minds of even the most ardent denier of climate change and/or systemic racism. If there's one book that will help you to be an effective activist for climate justice, it's this one.' Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author of This is Why I Resist: Don't Define My Black Identity

Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet--And How We Fight Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568589473
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 20th, 2021

This damning account of the forces that have hijacked progress on climate change shares a bold vision of what it will take, politically and economically, to face the existential threat of global warming head-on.

It has become impossible to deny that the planet is warming, and that governments must act.

Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593328170
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 23rd, 2021

It's warming. It's us. We're sure. It's bad. But we can fix it.

The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620974568
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Published: New Press - July 20th, 2021

A beautiful and engaging guide to global warming's impacts around the world

Our planet is in peril. Seas are rising, oceans are acidifying, ice is melting, coasts are flooding, species are dying, and communities are faltering.

Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos Cover Image
By Jem Bendell (Editor), Rupert Read (Editor)
ISBN: 9781509546848
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Published: Polity Press - July 19th, 2021

'Deep adaptation' refers to the personal and collective changes that might help us to prepare for - and live with - a climate-influenced breakdown or collapse of our societies. It is a framework for responding to the terrifying realization of increasing disruption by committing ourselves to reducing suffering while saving more of society and the natural world.

Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393540871
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 20th, 2021

"Pithy, funny, exasperated, and informed…You cannot read a more important hundred pages than Stop Saving the Planet!" —Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands

Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World Cover Image
ISBN: 9789280812039
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Published: United Nations University Press - February 17th, 2012

Current economic growth strategies around the world are rapidly depleting the natural resources and ecosystem services that we depend on. Just Transitions provides a comprehensive overview of these challenges from a Global South perspective.

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520343306
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Published: University of California Press - April 21st, 2020

Gen Z's first "existential toolkit" for combating eco-guilt and burnout while advocating for climate justice.

A youth movement is reenergizing global environmental activism.

Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593136386
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Published: Crown - August 17th, 2021

The definitive firsthand account of California’s Camp Fire, the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, Paradise is a riveting examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds

Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143133926
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

Building from his acclaimed anthology Tales of Two Americas, beloved writer and editor John Freeman draws together a group of our greatest writers from around the world to help us see how the environmental crisis is hitting some of the most vulnerable communities where they live.

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674072343
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 11th, 2013

The violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly.

The Violence of Climate Change: Lessons of Resistance from Nonviolent Activists Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626164352
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Published: Georgetown University Press - June 1st, 2017

It is beyond debate that human beings are the primary cause of climate change. Many think of climate change as primarily a scientific, economic, or political problem, and those perspectives inform Kevin O'Brien's analysis. But O'Brien argues that we should respond to climate change first and foremost as a case of systematic and structural violence.

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802149039
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Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020


Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

Salvage the Bones: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608196265
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Winner of the National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.

Just Transitions: Social Justice in the Shift Towards a Low-Carbon World  Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780745339924
Published: Pluto Press - November 20th, 2019

In the field of 'climate change', no terrain goes uncontested. The terminological tug of war between activists and corporations, scientists and governments, has seen radical notions of 'sustainability' emptied of urgency and subordinated to the interests of capital.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs.

Katrina: A History, 1915-2015 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674971714
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 7th, 2020

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

The definitive history of Katrina: an epic of citymaking, revealing how engineers and oil executives, politicians and musicians, and neighbors black and white built New Orleans, then watched it sink under the weight of their competing ambitions.

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807028360
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Published: Beacon Press - March 31st, 2020

The story of Native peoples’ resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community’s rich history of activism

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982129927
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 1st, 2020

#1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author Naomi Klein makes the case for a Green New Deal in this “keenly argued, well-researched, and impassioned” manifesto (The Washington Post).

An instant bestseller, On Fire shows Klein at her most prophetic and philosophical, investigating the climate crisis not only as a profound political challen

Hurricane Katrina: America's Unnatural Disaster (Justice and Social Inquiry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803217607
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2009

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm devastated the region and its citizens. But its devastation did not reach across racial and class lines equally.

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575927
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 10th, 2019

“As advocate for the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world.” -Barack Obama

“The antidote for your climate change paralysis.” -Sierra

“Insightful and optimistic.” -The Guardian

The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Dissident Acts) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822368977
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Published: Duke University Press - November 3rd, 2017

In The Extractive Zone Macarena G mez-Barris traces the political, aesthetic, and performative practices that emerge in opposition to the ruinous effects of extractive capital.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming Cover Image
By Paul Hawken (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143130444
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Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2017

• New York Times bestseller 

The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world

Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do about It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613320198
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Published: New Village Press - November 1st, 2016

Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. For those whose homes and neighborhoods were bulldozed, the urban modernization projects that swept America starting in 1949 were nothing short of an assault.

Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse? (Routledge Studies in Environmental Migration) Cover Image
By Simon Behrman (Editor), Avidan Kent (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781138088825
Published: Routledge - February 7th, 2018

Current estimates of the numbers of people who will be forced from their homes as a result of climate change by the middle of the century range from 50 to 200 million. Therefore, even the most optimistic projections envisage a crisis of migration that will dwarf any we have seen so far.

How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow? Racism in 21st-Century New Orleans (Racism in American Institutions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440828881
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Published: Praeger - March 26th, 2014

An outstanding resource for students of African American history, government policy, sociology, and human rights, as well as readers interested in socioeconomics in the United States today, this book examines why the divisions between the areas heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina and those left unscathed largely coincided with the color lines in New Orleans neighborhoods; and establishes how A

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465017720
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Published: Civitas Books - July 3rd, 2007

When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. The Federal government's slow response to local appeals for help is by now notorious.

1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501125379
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

With a new foreword by the author--Chris Rose's New York Times bestselling collection: "A gripping book about life's challenges in post-Katrina New Orleans...packed with heart, honesty, and wit" (New Republic).

Environmental Racism in the United States and Canada: Seeking Justice and Sustainability Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440864025
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Published: Praeger - April 14th, 2020

From the 19th-century extermination of the buffalo in the American West to Alaska's Project Chariot (a Cold War initiative that planned to use atomic bombs to blast out a harbor on Eskimo land) to the struggle for recovery and justice in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017, this book provides readers with an enhanced understanding of how poor and minority people are affected by natura

Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814716588
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Published: New York University Press - August 1st, 2005

Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Book Award co-winner

Julian Steward Award 2006 Runner-Up

One community's fight against industrial contamination and environmental racism

From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Critical America #34) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814715376
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Published: New York University Press - November 1st, 2000

A critical look at the movement for environmental justice

Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479874378
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Published: New York University Press - October 3rd, 2017

Clean and White offers a history of environmental racism in the United States focusing on constructions of race and hygiene.

Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479861781
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Published: New York University Press - June 20th, 2014

From St. Louis to New Orleans, from Baltimore to Oklahoma City, there are poor and minority neighborhoods so beset by pollution that just living in them can be hazardous to your health.

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316509442
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - August 4th, 2020

A "powerful and indispensable" look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism (Gerald Markowitz) and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities -- featuring a new preface on COVID-19 risk factors.

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563389
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

“Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature

“A superb account of the deadly struggle between humanity and what may prove the only life-bearing planet within ten light years, written in a brilliantly sardonic and conversational style.” —E. O. Wilson

Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change Cover Image
By Brian Tokar, Eirik Eiglad (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9788293064084
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Published: New Compass Press - August 7th, 2014

The call for Climate Justice promises a renewed grassroots response to the climate crisis. This emerging movement is rooted in land-based and urban communities around the world that have experienced the most severe impacts of global climate changes.

Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300232158
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Published: Yale University Press - January 7th, 2020

An urgent and timely story of the contentious politics of incorporating environmental justice into global climate change policy

Winner of the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, sponsored by the International Studies Association (ISA)

"Should be required reading for the most committed Green New Dealers and their opponents alike.”&m

Struggles for Climate Justice: Uneven Geographies and the Politics of Connection Cover Image
ISBN: 9783030279646
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - May 7th, 2020

This book provides an accessible but intellectually rigorous introduction to the global social movement for 'climate justice' and addresses the socially uneven consequences of anthropogenic climate change.

What We're Fighting for Now Is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807078044
Published: Beacon Press - October 4th, 2016

An urgent, on-the-ground look at some of the “new American radicals” who have laid everything on the line to build a stronger climate justice movement

Love in a Time of Climate Change: Honoring Creation, Establishing Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781506418858
Published: Fortress Press - July 15th, 2017

Love in a Time of Climate Change challenges readers to develop a loving response to climate change, which disproportionately harms the poor, threatens future generations, and damages God's creation.

Winning the Green New Deal: Why We Must, How We Can Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982142438
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 25th, 2020

An urgent and definitive collection of essays from leaders and experts championing the Green New Deal—and a detailed playbook for how we can win it—including contributions by leading activists and progressive writers like Varshini Prakash, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Bill McKibben, Rev William Barber II, and more.

Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623170431
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Published: North Atlantic Books - October 6th, 2015

This modern-day Silent Spring addresses climate change head on, arguing that the solution to this global crisis lies in sustainable, biologically diverse farms

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet  Cover Image
By Noam Chomsky, Robert Pollin, C.J. Polychroniou (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781788739856
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Published: Verso - September 22nd, 2020

Climate change: watershed or endgame?

In this compelling new book, Noam Chomsky, the world’s leading public intellectual, and Robert Pollin, a renowned progressive economist, map out the catastrophic consequences of unchecked climate change—and present a realistic blueprint for change: the Green New Deal.

Planetary Solidarity: Global Women's Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice Cover Image
By Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Editor), Hilda P. Koster (Editor)
ISBN: 9781506432625
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Published: Augsburg Books - September 1st, 2017

Planetary Solidarity brings together leading Latina, womanist, Asian American, Anglican American, South American, Asian, European, and African woman theologians on the issues of doctrine, women, and climate justice.

Post-Growth Living: For an Alternative Hedonism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781788738873
Published: Verso - November 10th, 2020

An urgent and passionate plea for a new and ecologically sustainable vision of the good life.

The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night's Sleep Cover Image
By Mary Democker, Bill McKibben (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781608684816
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Published: New World Library - April 17th, 2018

"Relax," writes author Mary DeMocker, "this isn't another light bulb list. It's not another overwhelming pile of parental 'to dos' designed to shrink your family's carbon footprint through eco-superheroism." Instead, DeMocker lays out a lively, empowering, and doable blueprint for engaging families in the urgent endeavor of climate revolution.

Growing Sustainable Together: Practical Resources for Raising Kind, Engaged, Resilient Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623174712
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Published: North Atlantic Books - June 16th, 2020

Tips, tools, advice, and activities for raising eco-friendly kids while nurturing compassion, resilience, and community engagement.

Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present #5) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520294455
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Published: University of California Press - January 31st, 2018

From the 1960s to the present, activists, artists, and science fiction writers have imagined the consequences of climate change and its impacts on our future.

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623170417
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Published: North Atlantic Books - October 27th, 2015

World-renowned environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, condemning the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods. She explores the issues she helped bring to international attention—genetic food engineering, culture theft, and natural resource privatization&md

The Nature of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Political Change Cover Image
By Char Miller (Editor), Jeff Crane (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781607329077
Published: University Press of Colorado - February 15th, 2019

The Nature of Hope focuses on the dynamics of environmental activism at the local level, examining the environmental and political cultures that emerge in the context of conflict.

Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions Cover Image
By Denise Fairchild (Editor), Al Weinrub (Editor), Diego Angarita Horowitz (Contributions by), Isaac Baker (Contributions by), Lynn Benander (Contributions by), Strela Cervas (Contributions by), Ben Delman (Contributions by), Anthony Giancatarino (Contributions by), Vivian Yi Huang (Contributions by), Derrick Johnson (Contributions by), Cecilia Martinez (Contributions by), Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan (Contributions by), Anya Scholman (Contributions by), Sean Sweeney (Contributions by), Maggie Tishman (Contributions by), Miya Yoshitani (Contributions by), Ashura Lewis (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781610918510
Published: Island Press - October 12th, 2017

A global energy war is underway. It is man versus nature, fossil fuel versus clean energy, the haves versus the have-nots, and, fundamentally, an extractive economy versus a regenerative economy.

Voices from Puerto Rico / Voces Desde Puerto Rico: Post-Hurricane Maria / Pos-Huracan Maria Cover Image
By Iris Morales (Editor)
ISBN: 9780996827669
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Published: Red Sugarcane Press - March 23rd, 2019

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present #11) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520300743
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Published: University of California Press - January 7th, 2020

“Let this book immerse you in the many worlds of environmental justice.”—Naomi Klein

We are living in a precarious environmental and political moment. In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices have manifested across racial and class divides in devastatingly disproportionate ways.

Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm Cover Image
By Yarimar Bonilla (Editor), Marisol Lebron (Editor)
ISBN: 9781642590302
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2019

The concept of "aftershocks" is used in the context of earthquakes to describe the jolts felt after the initial quake, but no disaster is a singular event.

Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820349022
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Published: University of Georgia Press - August 1st, 2015

"Beyond Katrina" is poet Natasha Trethewey's very personal profile of her natal Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the people there whose lives were forever changed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631495274
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Published: Liveright - August 4th, 2020

Washington Post • 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2020
Finalist • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
Kirkus Reviews • Best Nonfiction Books of 2020
Library Journal • Best Science & Technology Books of 2020
Booklist • 10 Top Sci-Tech Books of 2020
New York Times Book Review • Editor's Choice

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Jacobin) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781788738316
Published: Verso - November 12th, 2019

All politics are climate politics in the twenty-first century—and this bold book argues for a Green New Deal that confronts both climate change and inequality

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494024
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Published: Liveright - March 20th, 2018

Winner • Pulitzer Prize for History
Winner • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
Finalist • National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, NPR, Library Journal, and gCaptain
Booklist Editors’ Choice (History)

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Berlin Family Lectures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226526812
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Published: University of Chicago Press - July 24th, 2017

Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming?

Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781583943977
Published: North Atlantic Books - July 12th, 2011

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

The Medicine Wheel built by Indigenous people acknowledges that ecosystems experience unpredictable recurring cycles and that people and the environment are  interconnected. The Western science knowledge framework is incomplete unless localized intergenerational knowledge is respected and becomes part of the problem-definition and solution process.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697391
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visit

The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608463572
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 5th, 2018

"We are in a fight for our lives. Hurricanes Irma and Mar a unmasked the colonialism we face in Puerto Rico, and the inequality it fosters, creating a fierce humanitarian crisis. Now we must find a path forward to equality and sustainability, a path driven by communities, not investors.

Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community Cover Image
By John P. Clark, Peter Marshall (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781629636481
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Published: PM Press - July 1st, 2019

Between Earth and Empire focuses on the crucial position of humanity at the present moment in Earth History. We have left the Cenozoic, the “new period of life,” and are now in the midst of the Necrocene, a period of mass extinction and reversal.

Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation #35) Cover Image
By Clyde Woods, Laura Pulido (Editor), Jordan T. Camp (Editor)
ISBN: 9780820350929
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Published: University of Georgia Press - July 1st, 2017

Development Drowned and Reborn is a "Blues geography" of New Orleans, one that compels readers to return to the history of the Black freedom struggle there to reckon with its unfinished business. Reading contemporary policies of abandonment against the grain, Clyde Woods explores how Hurricane Katrina brought long-standing structures of domination into view.

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ISBN: 9781566893091
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Published: Coffee House Press - August 28th, 2012

Finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award

The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans Cover Image
By Cedric Johnson (Editor), Chris Russill (Contributions by), Chad Lavin (Contributions by), Eric Ishiwata (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780816673254
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 6th, 2011

Katrina was not just a hurricane. The death, destruction, and misery wreaked on New Orleans cannot be blamed on nature’s fury alone. This volume of essays locates the root causes of the 2005 disaster squarely in neoliberal restructuring and examines how pro-market reforms are reshaping life, politics, economy, and the built environment in New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective Cover Image
By Romain Huret (Editor), Randy J. Sparks (Editor), James M. Boyden (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780807158432
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Published: LSU Press - December 15th, 2014

There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster, writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events surrounding and the legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national response to it.

Caught in the Path of Katrina: A Survey of the Hurricane's Human Effects (The Katrina Bookshelf) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477319727
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Published: University of Texas Press - December 4th, 2019

In 2008, three years after Hurricane Katrina cut a deadly path along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, researchers J. Steven Picou and Keith Nicholls conducted a survey of the survivors in Louisiana and Mississippi, receiving more than twenty-five hundred responses, and followed up two years later with more than five hundred of the initial respondents.

Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645020394
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - August 31st, 2020

With a new epilogue about Bill Gates's global agenda and how we can resist the billionaires' war on life