“Let this book immerse you in the many worlds of environmental justice.”—Naomi Klein
We are living in a precarious environmental and political moment. In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices have manifested across racial and class divides in devastatingly disproportionate ways. What does this moment of danger mean for the environment and for justice? What can we learn from environmental justice struggles?
Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Environmental justice movements fight, survive, love, and create in the face of violence that challenges the conditions of life itself. Exploring dispossession, deregulation, privatization, and inequality, this book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories for the future.
About the Author
Julie Sze is Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Davis. She has authored and edited three books and numerous articles on environmental justice and inequality, culture and environment, and urban and community health and activism.
“Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger is a rousing primer that illuminates the movement’s core principles. It demonstrates how interconnected disparate social movements are and shows that they can coalesce into more powerful networks.”
— Foreword Reviews
"A concise and powerful description of environmental injustices in various settings across the United States and its territories."
— World Medical and Health Policy
"A good introductory text for an environmental justice course but can also make for an easy read to provide some basic understanding on environmental justice to an unfamiliar audience."
— Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
"The book will also no doubt become essential reading for everyone—both inside and outside the academy—who wishes to participate in building a more just, equitable, and habitable world, now and into the future."
— ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
"In this ‘moment of danger’ Sze’s book is a call to recognize how past, present, and future are intertwined."
— Western American Literature