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Environmental Justice Reading List

Need a good read during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Below are suggested reads to learn more about Environmental Justice from expert panelists and participants of the April 17th Webinar, Community Lawyering for Environmental and Climate Justice. 


Disclaimer: ELI does not endorse the views expressed in these resources. This list is not comprehensive and is evolving. To suggest additions to this list, please email reynolds@eli.org


Readings on Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and Social Movements


Principles for Environmental Justice


Equitable and Just National Climate Platform. 


Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing. 


 Abate, R. (2019).  Climate Change and the Voiceless. Cambridge University Press.


Abate, Randall. (2016). Climate Justice: Case Studies on Global and Regional Governance. ELI Press.  


Alinksy, S.D. (1971). Rules for Radicals. New York: Vintage Books.


Cole , L.W. and Foster, S.R. (2001). From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement. New York: New York University Press.


Friere, Paolo. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Herder and Herder,


Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. (2009). The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Cambridge, Mass: South End Press.


Lee, C. and Miller-Travis, V. (1987). Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States. United Church of Christ. 


Mohai, P. and Saha, R.  (2015). Which came first, people or pollution? Assessing the disparate siting and post-siting demographic change hypotheses of environmental injustice.  Environ. Res. Lett. 10 115008.


Mohia, P. and Saha, R. (2015). Which came first, people or pollution? A review of theory and evidence from longitudinal environmental justice studies. Environ. Res. Lett. 10 125011


Rothstein, R. (2017). The Color of Law. A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. New York ; London: Liveright Publishing Corporation. 


Taylor, D. E. (2016).  The Rise of the American Conservation Movement:  Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection.  Durham:  Duke University Press. 


Taylor, D. E.  (2014).  Toxic Communities:  Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility.  New York University Press. 


Taylor, Dorceta E.  (2010).  Environment and Social Justice:  An International Perspective.  Edited by Dorceta E. Taylor.  Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, volume 18 (September). Bingley, UK:  Emerald Press.  


Taylor, Dorceta E.  (2009).  The Environment and the People in American Cities: 1600s-1900s.  Disorder, Inequality and Social Change. Durham:  Duke University Press.


Washington, H. A. (2019). Terrible Thing to Waste:  Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind. New York ; Boston ; London : Little, Brown Spark.



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