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

Energy Equity & Environmental Impacts 

“Imagine that while our neighbors were holding a giveaway, someone broke into their home to take whatever he wanted. We would be outraged at the moral trespass. So it should be for the earth. The earth gives away for free the power of wind and sun and water, but instead we break open the earth to take fossil fuels. Had we taken only that which is given to us, had we reciprocated the gift, we would not have to fear our own atmosphere today.”

- Kimmerer, from Braiding Sweetgrass, pg. 383
(cited below)

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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.

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Sources used on this page:

Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Epilogue: Returning the gift. In Braiding sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants. (pp.380-384). Milkweed Editions.

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  • Hydropower
  • Ocean Energy
  • Bioenergy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Power grids
  • Renewable energy
  • Ethanol
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Fossil fuels
  • Pollution control
  • World health
  • Coal mining
  • Electric power generation