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BAYCS Team Members Review Environmental Justice Books

Updated: May 27, 2023

Title: The Intersectional Environmentalist

Author: Leah Thomas

Genre: Non Fiction/Educational

Team Member Review by Dhalia: This book is a great introduction to intersectional environmentalism. It goes back to the origins of earth day and the climate movement and addresses the ignorance BIPOC communities face about an issue that directly impacts them. This is a must read for not only climate activists, but anyone interested in learning about the complicated intersectionality of the climate movement.

Title: All We Can Save

Author: Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson

Genre: Nonfiction, climate optimism, environment, science, feminism.

Team Member Review by Finn: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis is an inspiring collection of essays that weave together a diverse thread of women at the forefront of the climate movement, scientists, artists, and activists alike to make positive change. Although the facts can be discouraging at times, the book is a reminder of the many talented and smart women who are working to avert the climate crisis. A motivational read, filled with wisdom, great literature, and most importantly hope.

Title: Braiding Sweetgrass

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Genre: non fiction/educational

Team Member Review by Erika: I read part of this book in my Food History class this semester, and absolutely loved it so I’ve continued reading it this summer! It shares pages Indigenous wisdom, its relation and importance to the earth. Each story holds such cultural and emotional significance that deserves a read from everyone!

Title: The Overstory

Author: Richard Powers

Genre: environmental fiction, nature writing

Team Member Review by Finn: A 2018 work of eco-fiction, the Overstory by Richard Powers examines how humans interact with nature, our relationship with the environment, and the psychology behind why we struggle to address the climate crisis. The novels framework intersperses short stories and passionate environmental rant with pieces on trees and their wonders—all in an act of resistance and hope. Although the stories can feel unrelated and challenging to read at certain moments—the Overstory as a whole is a powerful (sometimes disturbing) poetic reflection on humans connection to the natural world and vise versa.

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