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Environmentalism is anti-racism


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It bears repeating again and again, and again after that: meaningful environmentalism is always anti-racist. The only path toward a sustainable society is honest about the systemic racism that lies at the heart of environmental collapse. Exploitation of land is kin to exploitation of people.

In practice this means that we need to challenge the exploitative mindsets dominant cultures have instilled in us, at every turn and across different kinds of sustainability work. This list highlights the myriad intersections between anti-racism and sustainability work, from traditional Indigenous knowledge to discussions on population numbers and a variety of practical climate justice work.

In addition to the books below, we also recommend having a look at the following articles and resources:

on racism and the fossil fuel industry: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/fossil-fuel-industrys-legacy-white-supremacy

and on decolonising conservation: https://www.survivalinternational.org/campaigns/conservation

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