Race and climate reading list

How do race and climate interlink? Why should racial equality be at the heart of the climate movement? If you're struggling to answer these questions, or you'd simply like to learn more about justice issues, then this reading list is for you.

12 Oct 2020

This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it cover all aspects of race, climate and the environment. Rather, it's a starting point to help us understand how race and climate intersect.

It’s also important to note that this list is reflective of us and our place in this movement, and it therefore has its limitations.

We hope this reading list can be expanded and strengthened as more people access it. So please do send in any contributions – we'll review and add them.

Priority list

A Climate of Hope – Climate Justice: A Question of Survival. Utopia Dispatch. Podcast.

From Africa to the US to Haiti, climate change is a race issue. Patrisse Cullors and Nyuesi Nguvu. The Guardian.

Climate Justice is Racial Justice. Keya Catterjee. Eco-business.

Climate and race reading list. (Twitter). The Black Geographers.

Shorter reads

Climate justice means justice for black lives. Jennifer Deol. 350.org, Canada.

Black environmentalists talk about climate and anti-racism. New York Times.

I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. The Washington Post.

What good is clean air if people can’t breathe? Racism is inherent to the environmental movement because its inherent to everything. Sarah Lazarovic. Yes! Solutions Journalism.

We need to talk about racism in the climate movement. Tonny Noswhin. Climate Change News.

The Least Convenient Truth – Part 1, Climate Change and White Supremacy. Bani Amor. Bitch Media.

Environmental justice means racial justice. Nina Lakhani and Jonathan Watts. The Guardian.

Extinction Rebellion, racism and the climate crisis. Manthan Pathak. Medium.

Black Lives Matter: the link between climate change and racial justice. Adelle Thomas and Rueanna Haynes. Climate Analytics.

Why Black Lives Matter should Transform the Climate Debate. Naomi Klein. The Nation.

We don’t need to halt climate action to fight racism. Mary Annaise Heglar. Huffpost.

Get Intersectional! (Or, why your movement can’t go it alone). Kirstin Moe. Yes! Solutions Journalism.

My environmentalism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. Adam Ramsay. Open Democracy.

1.5 degrees to stay alive: climate change, imperialism and justice for the Caribbean. Leon Sealey-Huggins. Taylor & Francis Online.

The climate crisis is a racist crisis: structural racism, inequality and climate change (PDF). Leon Sealey-Huggins. The University of Warwick.

Conservation and human rights abuses – why is this still happening? Helen Newing. ICCS.

Three ways to take the environmental movement out of its white middle class ghetto. Shilpa Shah and Jannat Hossain. Open Democracy.

Decolonize Conservation series. Survival International.

The climate movement's silence. Emily Atkin. Heated.

Podcasts/ listening

Patriarchy, racism and colonialism caused the climate crisis. Jamie Margolin. TedX Youth. Colombia.

What do racism and poverty have to do with pollution and climate change? Grist Video.

Settler colonialism is behind climate denial. Novara Media.

Hot Take podcast. Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Westervelt.

Books

Conservation Refugees. Mark Dowie.

The memory we could be. Daniel Voskoboynik.

Organisational statements

Vision for a charity sector that is taking the lead to root out racism. Charity so White.

Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Friends of the Earth Europe.

Manifesto for Equality and Interculturalism (PDF). Young Friends of the Earth Europe.

Greenpeace UK’s commitment to tackling systemic racism. Greenpeace.

Why justice based solutions are the only solutions to the crisis we face. Friends of the Earth (EWNI).

Pulling Down Our Monuments. Sierra Club.

Practical #allyship – a guide for novices for after the hashtags fade… Climate Emergency Manchester.

Training and learning

Learn how to be a good ally.

Toolkit for intersectional movement building (PDF). Young Friends of the Earth Europe.

Black and Green Ambassador Project Bristol.

Resist and Renew – power and privilege and anti-racism training.

Navigate – Facilitation for Social Change (run anti-oppression courses).

#Powershift resources@Anti-racism in Development and Aid. Oxfam.

Resources