Anti-Racism & Environmental/Climate Justice Resources



Racism Is Killing the Planet. 

Sierra: the national magazine of the Sierra Club, By Hop Hopkins, June 8 2020. The ideology of white supremacy leads the way toward disposable people and a disposable natural world.


Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment

The New York Times. By Somini Sengupta, June 5, 2020.  An excellent suggested reading list of articles, essays and books focused on the intersectionality of Race and the Climate Crisis.


Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change

Yale Environment 360, by Beth Gardiner, June 9, 2020. Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the outsized impact of Covid-19 on communities of color, she hopes people may finally be ready to listen.


I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.

The Washington Post, by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, June 3, 2020.  Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy advisor, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collectiv, founder of the non-profit think tank Urban Ocean Lab and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.”


OPINION: Climate justice is racial justice

Thomson Reuters Foundation News, by Keya Chatterjee | Climate Action Network International, June 3 2020.  Polluting and extractive facilities have been placed in black, brown, and indigenous communities around the world – and they are suffering the consequences.

Climate Justice is Racial Justice, Racial Justice is Climate Justice

Shondaland, by Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr.June 22, 2020.  In this op-ed, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of Hip Hop Caucus explores and explains why the destruction of our planet means greater harm to Black and marginalized communities.



Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States by Carl A Zimring, New York University Press, 2017.

Carl A. Zimring here draws on historical evidence from statesmen, scholars, sanitarians, novelists, activists, advertisements, and the United States Census of Population to reveal changing constructions of environmental racism. The material consequences of these attitudes endured and expanded through the twentieth century, shaping waste management systems and environmental inequalities that endure into the twenty-first century. Today, the bigoted idea that non-whites are “dirty” remains deeply ingrained in the national psyche, continuing to shape social and environmental inequalities in the age of Obama.


Hip Hop Caucus –  Think 100%: The Coolest Show on Climate Change

Think 100% – The Coolest Show on Climate Change” is Hip Hop Caucus’ award-winning multimedia platform that highlights solutions to climate change and environmental injustices, including a just-transition to 100% clean energy for all. Hosts include Grammy nominated singer and actress Antonique Smith, and long-time civil & human rights activist, and President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus, Rev Lennox Yearwood Jr.. Guests include government and community leaders at the frontlines of climate change, cultural influencers, business leaders in the clean energy economy, and young solutionaries. More at and @Think100Show and #Think100 on social media.






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