• The Intersectional Environmentalist

  • How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet
  • By: Leah Thomas
  • Narrated by: Leah Thomas, Hayden Bishop, Erin Walker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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From the activist who coined the term comes a primer on intersectional environmentalism for the next generation of activists looking to create meaningful, inclusive, and sustainable change. 

The Intersectional Environmentalist examines the inextricable link between environmentalism, racism, and privilege and promotes awareness of the fundamental truth that we cannot save the planet without uplifting the voices of its people - especially those most often unheard. Written by Leah Thomas, a prominent voice in the field and the activist who coined the term intersectional environmentalism, this book is simultaneously a call to action, a guide to instigating change for all, and a pledge to work toward the empowerment of all people and the betterment of the planet. 

Thomas shows how not only are Black, Indigenous, and people of color unequally and unfairly impacted by environmental injustices but she argues that the fight for the planet lies in tandem to the fight for civil rights; and in fact, that one cannot exist without the other. An essential listen, this book addresses the most pressing issues that the people and our planet face, examines and dismantles privilege, and looks to the future as the voice of a movement that will define a generation.

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Good to cover basics with highschoolers/undergrads

I enjoyed the book. It can be repetitive (and a bit of a slow start) for folks who are already familiar or knowledgeable about environmental justice history and/or who already have a grasp on intersectionality. I still think it's a good book to refer to high school/undergrad students or people new to the topic, younger BIPOC who are diving into the theory and concepts behind their own lived experiences with environmentalism (and society), or for people who have not experienced being a minority and are trying to learn about environmental justice and how to properly practice being an intersectional environmentalist. I have a PhD relating to environmental justice and will keep this book as a basic read for students and mentees. A part II that dives further into exploring intersectional environmentalism as a global movement would be interesting. The author touches a bit on the discrepancy between the Western mindset and other countries in movements like ecofeminisn, and that could be something worth exploring further as there is a lot of debate on the topic when applying the environmental justice framework globally.

Something I did enjoy is that the book would likely resonate with a younger BIPOC audience that is trying to put into words this sentiment of exclusion from movements like environmentalism, climate justice, etc. that they feel/go through. Having a starting point that introduces you to the history and the big figures of environmental justice can be pivotal, especially because it often goes completely ignored in traditional U.S. schooling.

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