Solidarity held a 3-day conference on Socialism and
Environmental Justice in NYC July 20-22. Joel Kovel,
author of the "Why Ecosocialism Today?" article, and other socialist, labor and environmental justice activists presented on topics ranging from the Uneasy Alliance of Labor and Environmental Justice to Feminism, Reproduction and the Environment. Please check out the 'Themes and Questions' the conference was focused around and further resources below.
Capitalism and the Environment
Is environmental destruction inevitable under capitalism? What are some proposals to reform/control capitalism in favor of the environment? Can they work? Why/why not?
Garbage Capitalism’s Green Commerce
— Heather Rogers (Socialist Register 2007 - not online)
The Ecological Question: Can Capitalism Prevail?
How do we evaluate the alternatives to capitalism that are floating around the radical environmental movements? What is proposed and how do we assess this from the point of view of an intersectional approach? (By an intersectional approach, we mean looking at racism, sexism, and heterosexism as well as class exploitation to see how an alternative to the current system would work).
— Daniel Buck (Socialist Register 2007 - not online)
Chapter 9: Ecosocialism, in The Enemy of Nature
— Joel Kovel
Ecosocialism and Democratic Planning
— Michael Lowy (Socialist Register 2007 - not online)
The Limits of EcoLocalism: Scale, Strategy, Socialism
— Greg Albo (Socialist Register 2007 pp. 350-360 - not online)
Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice
What are the main issues in environmental racism? How has the movement for environmental justice responded to these issues?
Brief history of the Environmental Justice movement, in chapter 4 of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago
What challenges have faced community-based movements against environmental racism? What strategies have been used to successfully meet these challenges?
— David Nabuib Pellow (MIT Press, 2002)
Divide and Conquer: The Fight For and Against the Robbins Incinerator, from Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago
— David Nabuib Pellow (MIT Press, 2002)
When People of Color are an Endangered Species, from De Colores Means All of Us
— Elizabeth Martinez (South End Press, 1998)
Warren County Revisited, from Transforming Environmentalism
— Eileen McGurty (Rutgers U Press, 2007) [read this with “When it rains I get mad and scared: women and environmental racism,” from Crazy for Democracy by Temma Kaplan (Routledge, 1997)]
Labor/Movements and Environmental Justice
What successful coalitions have been built around labor and environment and what accounts for success? What accounts for failure?
Environmental Justice for Whom? Class, New Social Movements, and the Environment: A Case Study of Greenpeace Canada, 1971-2000
How have unions/workers’ centers/environmental justice organizations thought about the connection between workers’ rights and empowerment and environmental protection?
— John-Henry Harter (Labour/Le Travail, issue 54 - not online)
Trailer Park Organizing Comes together with ‘Guest Workers
— People’s Organizing Committee Newsletter (December 16, 2006 - not online)
Models and Organizational Differences in the Environmental and Environmental Justice Movements
How do mainstream environmental organizations and environmental justice organizations differ in terms of the organizing model they use, levels of participation of working class people, how they relate to other movements?
“The Environment Movement: Failures and Successes” and “Civic Environmentalism”
— Van Jones (Rachel’s Environment and Health News, September/October 2001 - not online)
It’s a survival issue: the environmental Justice Movement Faces the New Century
How do the different kinds of organizations in the environmental justice movement relate to each other? (e.g. are there important differences among non-profit organizations, what sorts of organizations seem to maintain a more radical practice and why?)
— Colorlines (July 2000 - not online)
“Native Organizing Before the Non-Profit Industrial Complex,” from The Revolution Will Not Be Funded
— Madonna Thunder Hawk (South End Press, 2007)
Gender and environmental Justice
Working-class women (white and women of color) seem to be more prominent in environmental justice organizing at the community level than in many other movements. What accounts for this? What happens to women’s leadership once the movement expands beyond the local level?
Katrina Hits Cancer Alley: interview with environmental justice activist Monique Harden
— Ben Greenberg, Dollars & Sense (March/April 2006)
Chapter 3, “When it rains I get mad and scared: women and environmental racism,” from Crazy for Democracy
What are some gender differences in the impact of environmental degradation on working-class communites? How, if at all, is the environmental justice movement addressing these differences?
— Temma Kaplan (Routledge 1997)
“Gender, Asthma Politics, and Urban Environmental Justice Activism,” from New Perspectives on Environmental Justice ed. Rachel Stein
— Julie Sze (Rutgers University Press, 2004)
“The Role of Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Class in Activists’ Perceptions of Environmental Justice” from New Perspectives on Environmental Justice ed. Rachel Stein
— Diane-Michele Prindeville (Rutgers University Press, 2004)
Local actions, global visions: Remaking environmental expertise
— Giovanna Di Chiro (Frontiers (v. 18, iss 2, 1997)
A Plan to Challenge Women’s Oppression within Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund
— Second Lines (June-July 2007), newsletter of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund