February Resources: Environmental Justice
To help advance environmental justice action, we're spotlighting some key resources.
*You may also be interested in reading our February blog post on environmental justice.*
We list some EJ resources below, and please let us know if you suggest additional resources, inspiration, and ways to take action that we can include in future updates. Please also share successes so we can amplify through the blog, social media, and in other ways throughout the year. Thank you!
Videos, Articles, Websites, and Many Other Resources:
- Interview with Vanessa Nakate
- EnClave: Mar, Marasmo, Maravilla, an Azul original documentary film by Bocafloja, explores the historical and geopolitical factors involved in the extensive extraction of our ocean and its impact on social life. It exposes environmental racism through music, dance, and storytelling to help viewers realize that social injustices must be addressed to advance climate action.
- What is Environmental Justice, by Grist
- On Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and Ocean Justice
- Mainstreaming Equity and Justice in the Ocean
- Why Every Environmentalist Should be Anti-Racist, by Leah Thomas
- Talking Climate: Identity from the Climate Museum
- Ocean justice can help empower communities of color on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
- How to make sure racial justice is part of climate activism
- Just Transition, from Indigenous Environmental Network
- Principles of Environmental Justice – Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held in 1991 drafted and adopted these 17 principles of Environmental Justice. More at EJNet.org.
Publicly Available Resources
- The Youth Climate Justice Handbook
- Environmental Experts of Color Database, from Green 2.0
- Global Atlas of Environmental Justice
- Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations. Among many resources, they have an interactive world map with Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages and a Territory Acknowledgement Guide.
- UNESCO’s Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems: promotes local and indigenous knowledge and its inclusion in global climate science and policy processes.
- Intersectional Environmentalist: Among many other great opportunities, IE provides educational resources, including toolkits, and guidance for organizations looking to shift their narrative.
- Environmental Justice Coalition: Mobilize youth in the fight for environmental justice, bring a lens of intersectionality to the field, and uplift marginalized communities most impacted by environmental racism and injustices.
- Urban Ocean Lab
- Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice: connecting the dots on environmental, transportation, climate, energy, economic, health and racial justice.
- A national government example of promoting EJ (ocean justice specifically in this case but applies more broadly) includes the United States Ocean Justice Strategy, released in December 2023. By explicitly acknowledging the intersectionality of environmental protection, social equity, and human rights, this Strategy can drive transformational change in protecting and restoring coastal and marine ecosystems. Some in other countries might find it useful in helping to advocate for stronger ocean and environmental justice where you live.
Please let us know about other resources that you think are great so we can update this blog and related website pages to share with the world! Thank you!