Summer Reading List on Climate Justice

Articles to Read on the Intersection of Climate Change and Racial Justice 

Black environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism, The New York Times

Read Up on the Links between Racism and the Environment, The New York Times

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

Al Gore: Climate action is ‘bound together’ with racial equality and liberation, GreenBiz

Why racial justice is climate justice, by Claire Elise Thompson, Grist

Protests are bringing attention to ‘everyday violence’ faced by black Americans, by Rachel Ramirez, Grist

Climate Change Isn’t the First Existential Threat, by Mary Annaise Hegler, Medium

“Climate Change By Any Other Name,” by Mary Annaise Heglar, Drilled News 

 “After the Storm,” by Mary Annaise Heglar Guernica 

 “Climate Signs,”  by Emily Raboteau, The New York Review of Books 

 “Lessons in Survival,” by Emily Raboteau, The New York Review of Books

 “Voices from the Global Climate Strike,”  by Justine Calma, The Verge

An open letter (with resources) from Women of Color Collective in Sustainability, Kinetic Communities, and Latinos in Sustainability, Medium 

Pollution is Racial Violence, by Yessenia Funes, Earther Gizmodo

We Don’t Have To Halt Climate Action To Fight Racism, Mary Annaïse Heglar, Huffington Post 

Why we need broader coalitions to combat environmental racism and climate change, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, MIT Technology Review

Black lives and climate justice: courage and power in defending communities and Mother Earth, Sara Mersha, Third World Quarterly

If You Care About the Planet, You Must Dismantle White Supremacy, Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Grist 

Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most, Christopher Flavelle, NYT 

Q&A: A Pioneer of Environmental Justice Explains Why He Sees Reason For Optimism, Evelyn Nieves, Inside Climate News

Monstro, by Junot Diaz


Summer Listening 

Podcast: An Episode on Climate Justice & Queer and Trans Liberation, Our Climate Voices

Event: The Dual Crisis of Climate Change and COVID-19, M4BL


Law-Related Publications 

“Enforcing the Right to Breathe: Continuing the Fight for Environmental Justice in Public Housing” by Sara E. Imperiale and Erin M. Meyer

“Just Transition for New York: Achieving Clean and Renewable Energy Equity for Environmental Justice Communities” by Eddie Bautista, Annel Hernandez, Priya Mulgaonkar, and Kartik Amarnath

“Realizing a Vision for Environmental and Economic Justice through Community Solar Development in New York” by Shiva Prakash

Heat in US Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change” by Daniel W.E. Holt, Columbia Law School

America is the worst polluter in the world. We should let climate change refugees settle here.” by Michael Gerrard, The Washington Post

The Law of Environmental Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address Disproportionate Risks, Second Edition by Michael Gerrard and Sheila R. Foster

Environmental Justice and New York Public Law” by Michael Gerrard, Arnold & Porter