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Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook You

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Environmentalism books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2013)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouThe violence wrought by climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of “slow violence” to describe these threats, Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today. Slow violence, because it is so readily ignored by a hard-charging capitalism, exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people who are poor, disempowered, and…
Author(s): Rob Nixon

2. Environmentalism: A Global History (1999)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouA new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes. This volume will fit into the second half of World History courses which typically cover the period from 1500 to the present century.   Environmentalism: A Global History is the first genuinely global history of environmentalism. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, Guha has become one of the more…
Author(s): Ramachandra Guha

3. Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age (2018)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouActivists today strive to educate the public about climate change, but sociologists have found that the more we know about alarming issues, the less likely we are to act. Meanwhile, environmentalists have acquired a reputation as gloom-and-doom killjoys. Bad Environmentalism identifies contemporary texts that respond to these absurdities and ironies through absurdity and irony—as well as camp, frivolity, irreverence, perversity, and playfulness. Nicole Seymour develops the concept of “bad environmentalism”: cultural thought that employs…
Author(s): Nicole Seymour

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouIn this thoughtful and highly readable book, Noël Sturgeon illustrates the myriad and insidious ways in which American popular culture depicts social inequities as “natural” and how our images of “nature” interfere with creating solutions to environmental problems that are just and fair for all. Why is it, she wonders, that environmentalist messages in popular culture so often “naturalize” themes of heroic male violence, suburban nuclear family structures, and U.S. dominance in the world? And what do these patterns of thought…
Author(s): Noël Sturgeon

5. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (2016)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouThe acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt’s…
Author(s): Andrea Wulf

6. Environmentalism of the Rich (The MIT Press) (2018)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouOver the last fifty years, environmentalism has emerged as a clear counterforce to the environmental destruction caused by industrialization, colonialism, and globalization. Activists and policymakers have fought hard to make the earth a better place to live. But has the environmental movement actually brought about meaningful progress toward global sustainability? Signs of global “unsustainability” are everywhere, from decreasing biodiversity to scarcity of fresh water to steadily rising greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, as Peter Dauvergne points out in this provocative book, the environmental movement is increasingly…
Author(s): Peter Dauvergne

7. Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations (2019)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouHow might understandings of environmentalism and the environmental humanities shift by incorporating Islamic perspectives? In this book, Anna M. Gade explores the religious and cultural foundations of Islamic environmentalisms. She blends textual and ethnographic study to offer a comprehensive and interdisciplinary account of the legal, ethical, social, and empirical principles underlying Muslim commitments to the earth.Muslim Environmentalisms shows how diverse Muslim communities and schools of thought have addressed ecological questions for the sake of this world and the world to come. Gade draws on a rich spectrum…
Author(s): Anna M. Gade

8. Native American Environmentalism: Land, Spirit, and the Idea of Wilderness (2014)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouIn Native American Environmentalism the history of indigenous peoples in North America is brought into dialogue with key environmental terms such as “wilderness” and “nature.” The conflict between Christian environmentalist thinking and indigenous views, a conflict intimately linked to the current environmental crisis in the United States, is explored through an analysis of parks and wilderness areas, gardens and gardening, and indigenous approaches to land as expressed in contemporary art, novels, and historical writing….
Author(s): Joy Porter

9. Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (2019)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouThe whiteness of mainstream environmentalism often fails to account for the richness and variety of Latinx environmental thought. Building on insights of environmental justice scholarship as well as critical race and ethnic studies, the editors and contributors to Latinx Environmentalisms map the ways Latinx cultural texts integrate environmental concerns with questions of social and political justice. Original interviews with creative writers, including Cherríe Moraga, Helena María Viramontes, and Héctor Tobar, as well as new essays by noted scholars of Latinx literature and…
Author(s): Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vazquez, et al.

10. Environmentalism (Seminar Studies) (2011)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouWhy are our environmental problems still growing despite a huge increase in global conservation efforts? Peterson del Mar untangles this paradox by showing how prosperity is essential to environmentalism. Industrialization drove people to look for meaning in nature even as they consumed its products more relentlessly. Hence England led the way in both manufacturing and preserving its countryside, and the United States created a matchless set of national parks as it became the world’s pre-eminent economic and military power.Environmental movements have produced some impressive results,…
Author(s): Peterson Del Mar, David

11. Ecofundamentalism: A Critique of Extreme Environmentalism (2015)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouEveryone has heard of environmentalism, but what is it? Is it ideology or religion? Like socialism, environmentalism is a political program, but even more diffuse. Environmentalists hold diverse opinions, from wanting to take care of nature in human interest to putting nature above man. The latter is religious environmentalism, with nature taking the place of the supernatural. This book is a critique of this type of environmentalism, appropriately named ecofundamentalism. This may be a minority or even marginal opinion, but it seems to shape people’s…
Author(s): Rögnvaldur Hannesson

12. Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest (Society, Environment, and Place) (1996)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook Younot only by lobbyists or hikers. While mainstream environmentalism is usually characterized by well-financed, highly structured organizations operating on a national scale, campaigns for environmental justice are often fought by poor or minority communities. Environmentalism and Economic Justice is one of the first books devoted to Chicano environmental issues and is a study of U.S. environmentalism in transition as seen through the contributions of people of color. It elucidates the various forces driving and shaping two important examples of environmental organizing:…
Author(s): Laura Pulido

13. Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation (2015)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouThis book provides a vision for environmentalism’s future, based on the success of environmental entrepreneurs around the world. The work provides the next generation of environmental market ideas and the chapters are co-authored with young scholars and policy analysts who represent the next generation of environmental leaders….
Author(s): T. Anderson, D. Leal

14. Environmental Justice and Environmentalism (Urban and Industrial Environments): The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement (2007)

 Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook YouAlthough the environmental movement and the environmental justice movement would seem to be natural allies, their relationship over the years has often been characterized by conflict and division. The environmental justice movement has charged the mainstream environmental movement with racism and elitism and has criticized its activist agenda on the grounds that it values wilderness over people. Environmental justice advocates have called upon environmental organizations to act on environmental injustice and address racism and classism in their own hiring and organizational practices, lobbying agenda,…
Author(s): Ronald Sandler, Phaedra C. Pezzullo

Best Environmentalism Books That Will Hook You

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The Truth about Nature: Environmentalism in the Era of Post-Truth Politics and Platform Capitalism

Author(s): Büscher, Bram
ID: 2854123, Publisher: California University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Working-Class Environmentalism: An Agenda for a Just and Fair Transition to Sustainability

Author(s): Karen Bell
ID: 2469408, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Surroundings A History of Environments and Environmentalisms

Author(s): Etienne S. Benson
ID: 2618924, Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

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