The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet

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Written by Leah Thomas, the founder of popular Instagram account @intersectionalenvironmentalist (which is also a sizable brand crossing social media boundaries), this book explores how environmental injustice disproportionately affects communities traditionally silenced and marginalized. Increasingly, young people are passionate about the undeniable link between climate justice and social justice. This book will appeal highly to readers feeling a sense of urgency in the climate action movement and spark group discussions beyond climate science into civil rights and action. This is a fantastic way to reach individuals who recognize this work from social media activism and bring those conversations into the classroom.

The Intersectional Environmentalist is written as a general primer on intersectional environmentalism (EI) for the next generation of activists, appropriate for high school students. EI is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected.