August 29, 2020 marks the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest disasters to ever hit the United States. As we compile this booklist, Hurricane Laura is battering Louisiana and Texas--the final damage is yet uncalculated and already too much. Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Dominica, and St. Croix almost three years ago, in September 2017, and yet many communities remain without power, unable to rebuild, unable to heal.
The hurricanes, like the pandemic, are 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 Carribean 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 today as we remember the lessons and continued impact of Katrina and Maria and prepare to send resources to the people effected by Laura.
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: https://climatejusticealliance.org/just-transition/
If you would like to get more involved in local organizing around the climate crisis, our friends at Project South have lifted up this opportunity to commemorate #Katrina15 on August 29th 10am-3pm CT: Join Gulf South for a Green New Deal and groups across the South to commemorate 15 years of resistance since Hurricane Katrina and to learn about community solutions in action to address the climate crisis. REGISTER HERE: tinyurl.com/RememberKatrina15
This book presents a timely perspective that puts working-class people at the forefront of achieving sustainability.
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.
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.
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 violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
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.
In the field of 'climate change', no terrain goes uncontested. The terminological tug of war between activists and corporations, scientists and governments has seen potentially radical notions of 'sustainability' emptied of urgency and subordinated to the interests of big business.$56.05ISBN: 9780813344249Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Routledge - February 10th, 2009
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.$35.00ISBN: 9780674971714Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Harvard University Press - July 7th, 2020
A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of the YearThe 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.$14.40ISBN: 9780807028360Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$16.20ISBN: 9781982129927Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$55.00ISBN: 9780803217607Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2009On 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.$14.40ISBN: 9781635575927Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$27.45ISBN: 9780822368977Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$20.70ISBN: 9780143130444Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$21.95ISBN: 9781613320198Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$58.25ISBN: 9781138088825Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$58.30ISBN: 9781440828881Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$21.99ISBN: 9780465017720Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$16.20ISBN: 9781501125379Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015
With a new foreword by the author on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina--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).$66.00ISBN: 9781440864025Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$30.80ISBN: 9780814716588Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New York University Press - August 1st, 2005
Association for Humanist Sociology 2007 Book Award co-winner
Julian Steward Award 2006 Runner-Up
Over the past two decades, environmental racism has become the rallying cry for many communities as they discover the contaminations of toxic chemicals and industrial waste in their own backyards.$30.80ISBN: 9780814715376Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New York University Press - November 1st, 2000
A critical look at the movement for environmental justice$27.50ISBN: 9781479874378Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$31.90ISBN: 9781479861781Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$16.19ISBN: 9780316509442Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little, Brown Spark - August 4th, 2020A "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.$13.50ISBN: 9780525563389Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$19.95ISBN: 9788293064084Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$33.00ISBN: 9780300232158Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yale University Press - January 7th, 2020
An urgent and timely story of the contentious politics of incorporating environmental justice into global climate change policy
"Should be required reading for the most committed Green New Dealers and their opponents alike.”—Liam Denning, Bloomberg
Although the science of climate change is clear, policy decisio$82.49ISBN: 9783030279646Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$16.20ISBN: 9780807078044Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$29.00ISBN: 9781506418858Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$16.20ISBN: 9781982142438Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.Email or call for priceISBN: 9780593237069Availability: BackorderedPublished: One World - September 22nd, 2020
Provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.
$13.46ISBN: 9781623170431Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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
$17.06ISBN: 9781788739856Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$86.90ISBN: 9781506432625Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Augsburg Books - September 1st, 2017$24.26ISBN: 9781788738873Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Verso - November 10th, 2020
An urgent and passionate plea for a new and ecologically sustainable vision of the good life.$15.26ISBN: 9781608684816Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$15.26ISBN: 9781623174712Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: North Atlantic Books - June 16th, 2020
Tips, tools, advice, and activities for raising eco-friendly kids while nurturing compassion, resilience, and community engagement.$18.95ISBN: 9780520294455Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of California Press - January 31st, 2018From the 1960s to the present, activists, artists, and science fiction writers have imagined the consequences of climate change and its impacts on our future.Email or call for priceISBN: 9781623170417Availability: BackorderedPublished: 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$38.45ISBN: 9781607329077Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University Press of Colorado - February 15th, 2019The 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.$35.20ISBN: 9781610918510Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Island Press - October 12th, 2017A 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.$22.00ISBN: 9780996827669Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Red Sugarcane Press - March 23rd, 2019$18.95ISBN: 9780520300743Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$15.30ISBN: 9781642590302Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Haymarket Books - September 24th, 2019
Two years after Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Ricans are still reeling from its effects and aftereffects. Aftershocks collects poems, essays and photos from survivors of Hurricane Maria detailing their determination to persevere.$17.96ISBN: 9780820349022Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of Georgia Press - August 1st, 2015
Beyond Katrina is poet Natasha Trethewey's very personal profile of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and of the people there whose lives were forever changed by hurricane Katrina.$26.96ISBN: 9781631495274Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Liveright - August 4th, 2020
Washington Post — 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2020
Finalist • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
Editor's Choice • New York Times Book Review$17.96ISBN: 9781788738316Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Verso - November 12th, 2019
In the twenty-first century, all politics are climate politics.$16.16ISBN: 9781631494024Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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)
Longlisted for the Andr$13.50ISBN: 9780226526812Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of Chicago Press - July 24th, 2017Are 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?$20.66ISBN: 9781583943977Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$35.96ISBN: 9781611863581Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Michigan State University Press - March 1st, 2020
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.$17.09ISBN: 9781451697391Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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$8.96ISBN: 9781608463572Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$22.46ISBN: 9781629636481Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: PM Press - July 1st, 2019Between 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.$38.45ISBN: 9780820350929Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.Email or call for priceISBN: 9781566893091Availability: Special OrderPublished: Coffee House Press - August 28th, 2012
Finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner AwardEmail or call for priceISBN: 9780142423929Availability: Special OrderPublished: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2013
Hurricane Katrina took her mother and granmother. And even though Laurel Daneau has moves on to a new life--one that includes a new best friend, a spot on the cheerleading squad, and dating the co-captain of the football team--she can't get past the pain of that loss.$27.50ISBN: 9780816673254Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$32.95ISBN: 9780807158432Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$82.50ISBN: 9781477319727Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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 their than five hundred of the initial respondents.