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Systemic Racism

Environmental Racism

 On this page you will find a sampling of resources related to Systemic Racism and the Environment, broken down into the following sections:

Key Words for Social Justice/Anti-Oppression Searches:   Anti-Black, Association Between, Bias, Disparity, Disproportionate, Effect, Gap, High Rate, Impact, Inequity, Inequality, Institutionalized Racism, Oppression, Racial Inequity Racist, Racism, Unconscious Bias, Violence, White Supremacy

Environmental Justice: Air Quality, Air Particulate Matter, Black Geographies, Climate Migration, Climate Refugee, Colonized Territories, Communities of Color, Community Design, Contamination, Denial of Green Space, Disenfranchisement, Dispossession, Eco-Ableism, Environmental Racism, Environmental Policy, Expropriation, Food Deserts, Food Gentrification, Gentrification, Geographies of Race and Ethnicity, Geospatial Policing, Green Racism, Hazardous Working Conditions, Industrial Dumping Inequity, Lead Contamination, Low-Income Communities, Land Reparations, Land Theft, LULU (locally undesirable land uses), Maternity Deserts, NIMBY, Public Safety, Racialized Space, Racist Monuments, Redlining, Residential Segregation, Sacrifice Zones, Slow Violence, Spatialized Blackness, Toxic Burden, Treaty Rights, Tribal Sovereignty, Urban Development, Water Protectors, White Flight


Book cover for Toxic Communities by Dorceta E. Taylor
Book cover for Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor by Rob Nixon
Book cover for Sacrifice Zones by Steven Lerner
Book cover for Baptized in PCBs by Ellen Griffith Spears
Book cover for Clean and White: a History of Environmental Racism by Carl A. Zimring
Book cover for Just Green Enough by Winifred Curran and Trina Hamilton
Book cover for the Nature of Hope by Char Miller and Jeff Crane
Book cover for Climate Change and Population Displacement by Marcia Amidon Lusted
Book cover for Racial Ecologies by Leilani Nishime and Kim D. Hester Williams
Book cover for What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Book cover for Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney
Book cover for Troubled Water: What's Wrong with What We Drink by Seth M. Siegel
Book cover for Tropic of Chaos by Christian Parenti
Book cover for Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial by Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vazquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray,
Book cover for A Climate of Injustice by J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks
Book cover for American Exodus by Giles Slade
Book cover for There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster by Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires
Book cover for Climate Justice by Mary Robinson
Book cover for Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country
Book cover for Capitalizing On Environmental Injustice by Daniel Faber
Book cover for Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger
Book cover for Inequality and Climate Change: Perspectives from the South by Gian Carlo Delgado
Book cover for Rising Tides by John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins
Book Cover for Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment by Liam Downey
Book cover for Climate Change and the People's Health by Sharon Friel
Book Cover for From The Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement
Book cover for Environmental Justice : A Reference Handbook
Book cover for the Poisoned City by Anna Clark
Book cover for A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A. Washington
Book cover for Katrina's Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America by Keith Walker and Karen M. O'Neill, Jeffrey Dowd, and Roland Anglin
Book cover for What is Critical Environmental Justice? by David Naguib Pellow

Video Clips

Source: AJ+ (2016, January 29). What Is Environmental Racism? YouTube.

Source: PBS. (2020, April 13).  ‘Irresponsible and Wrong’: Smokestack Demolition Fallout. PBS.

Source: ABC News. (2018, October 17). Being black in America: When performing everyday activities triggers 911 calls. YouTube.

Source: AJ+ (2020, October 9). Why It’s Time To Give Native Americans Their Land Back. YouTube.

Source: CNBC. (2020, August 22). Why Grocery Stores Are Avoiding Black Neighborhoods. YouTube.

Source: Newsy. (2019, May 20). Maternity Deserts.YouTube.

Source: Vice. (2020, September 25).  What Really Happened at Standing Rock | I Was There. YouTube.

Source: NowThis News. (2020, January 19). Why All Americans Should Care About 'Environmental Racism.' YouTube.

Source: Build Series. (2017, March 10). Elizabeth Yeampierre On The Importance Of Activism To Combat Climate Change. YouTube.

Source: AJ+ (2018, August 25). Why This Town is Dying From Cancer. YouTube.

Source: Hot Mess. (2018, May 3).  Why Climate Change is Anti-Justice. YouTube.

Source: Vice News. (2015, March 18). Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation. YouTube.


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At Liberty

Episode: Climate Change is a Racial Justice Issue

We Live Here

Episode: Environmental Racism in St. Louis Repor‪t‬


Episode: Black in Place

Black History Year

Episode:Environmental Racism: A Hidden Threat

Red Nation

Episode: Public Land is Stolen Land

There Goes the Neighborhood

A podcast about how and why gentrification happens.

The Reveal

Episode: The Toxic Burden

Young Farmers

Episode: Farming While Black


Episode: Corporate Counterinsurgency Against Line 3 Pipeline Resistance


Episode: Environmental Racism is Real

Canarsie Studios

Episode: Climate Change and Environmental Racism


Episode: Stealing the Children to Steal the Land

70 Million

This award-winning and Peabody-nominated podcast documents how locals are addressing the role of jails in their backyards.


Floodlines is an audio documentary about Hurricane Katrina and the people who lived through it.

This Land

Oklahoma journalist and citizen of Cherokee Nation, Rebecca Nagle, traces how a cut and dry homicide opened up an investigation into the treaty rights of five Native American tribes.