One Book 2023-2024: Environmental Justice & No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay

The Intersections of Environmentalism & Social Justice  


"To accept that we live under the same sky is to reject the dominant U.S. approach to environmental risk, which has been to shunt off the pollution by-products of industry into what's known as 'sacrifice zones.' For nearly fifty years, grassroots activists living in these 'sacrifice zones' - Richmond, California; Ocala, Florida; South Bronx, New York; Youngstown, Ohio, and many more - have been proving how racism shapes environmental policy."

- McGhee, from The Sum of Us, p. 203
(cited below)

Featured Resources by Source Type: Environmental Justice

Understanding the Complexities of Environmental Injustice

Featured Organizations & Online Resources

Featured Articles 

Use the links below to find articles from different publication types.

Reference Articles

These background or overview articles are useful for defining and understanding the history and key concepts of a topic. They come from subject-specific books and reports and aim to help you understand the basics. Find more articles like these in the databases Gale Ebooks, Opposing Viewpoints, or CQ Researcher.


Popular Source Articles

These kinds of articles are from mainstream publications like the "Washington Post," "The Atlantic," or other publications aimed at the general public., as well as a wide variety of websites, both commercial, educational, and governmental. Find more sources like this in Academic Search Complete, ProQuest  Combined, or Science In Context.


Scholarly Articles

Scholarly journal articles are written by scholars/experts/researchers for others in their field with the aim of sharing, reviewing, and building new information. These publications can give us insight into the ways that environmental justice topics are being studied at a research-based, academic levels. Find more articles like these in ProQuest Combined, Agricola, OR Global Issues in Context. 

Featured Videos

There are some DVDs you can check out from the library on environmental topics as well. The links here, however, are largely for online videos as there are so many great organizations with content. Streaming education films can also be searched in the database Films on Demand, linked in the "Digging Deeper in Your Research" tab of this guide, or from the library's homepage.

Source: "The Fight for Environmental Justice in Michigan" by MLive, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

Featured Podcasts

Sources used on this page:

McGhee, H. C. (2021). The sum of us: What racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together. Random House Publishing Group. (also linked in the box above)

Featured Books & Ebooks

Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science

Although "holistic land, water, and forest management practices born from millennia of Indigenous knowledge systems have much to teach allof us, Indigenous science has long been ignored, otherized, or perceived as "soft"--the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization. Here, Jessica Hernandez--Maya Ch'orti' and Zapotec environmental scientist and founder of environmental agency Pina Soul--introduces and contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge and proposes a vision of land stewardship that heals rather than displaces, that generates rather than destroys."