Environmental Justice

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When facing environmental crises, why do some people bear more burdens than others? In collaboration with the Environment and Society Portal at the Rachel Carson Center, Seeing the Woods has contributed to the compilation of a digital resource on topics of environmental justice and environmental racism.

These resources interrogate the connections between colonial regimes, slavery, and other historic injustices, and the disproportionate environmental burdens shouldered by Indigenous peoples and other peoples of color around the world.

As a complement to this growing resource page, Seeing the Woods is open to blog post submissions covering relevant topics and themes. Contribute to the series and continue the conversation!


Against Integration © Heloisa Bortz

“This madness has to stop!” Indigenous Voices on the Destruction of the Amazon

By Teresa Millesi
Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on Indigenous groups in Latin America, especially in Brazil, where the president Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed its severity, with his ministers calling it an “opportunity” for illegal logging in the Amazon. Horrifying videos of hospital corridors lined with corpses and pictures of mass graves in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, are a shocking indicator of the toll the pandemic has taken on Brazil and its people.

Photo courtesy of lubasi via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Future of Amazonia: Inheritance or Ruin?

By Marcílio de Freitas
Amazonia is one of the planet’s last utopias. Even before the New World was “discovered,” it existed in the imaginary of foreign travelers and governments. Yet the future of Brazil’s Amazonia region is fast becoming a tragedy in the making, which is calling out for international attention.

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1901.

Race, Nature, and W.E.B. Du Bois

By John R. Eperjesi
Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization that uses things like canoe paddles, hiking poles, and tents to help break down the racist stereotype in American culture that says that Black people don’t enjoy the great outdoors. This stereotype was routinely proved false every time Christian Cooper, an amateur birdwatcher, entered the Ramble in Central Park to pursue his passion.

Is all Environmental Humanities Feminist Environmental Humanities?

By Lauren LaFauci and Cecilia Åsberg
In the wake of the righteous movement protesting police violence and the murder of Black people in the United States, environmentalist Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah) posted an image to Instagram of text repeating 16 times, “Environmentalists for Black Lives Matter.”


Sule Emmanuel Egya on “‘Contemporary Nigerian Literature: An Ecocritical Reading,”  Thursday, 10 January 2019


Kate Wright on “Decolonizing Archives: Grounding Anticolonial History in a Community Garden, ” Thursday, 25 July 2019.


Malcom Ferdinand on “A Decolonial Ecology – Voices from the hold of Modernity,” Amsterdam, 29 February, 2020.