Reimagining ‘justice’ in environmental justice: Radical ecologies, decolonial thought, and the Black Radical Tradition

  title={Reimagining ‘justice’ in environmental justice: Radical ecologies, decolonial thought, and the Black Radical Tradition},
  author={Laura Pulido and Juan de Lara},
  journal={Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space},
  pages={76 - 98}
In this article, we rethink the spatial and racial politics of the environmental justice movement in the United States by linking it to abolitionist theories that have emerged from the Black Radical Tradition, to critical theories of urban ecology, and to decolonial epistemologies rooted in the geopolitics of Las Americas. More specifically, we argue that environmental justice organizing among multi-racial groups is an extension of the Black Radical Tradition's epistemic legacy and historical… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Decolonizing Environmental Justice Studies: A Latin American Perspective

ABSTRACT The “environment” and “justice” of environmental justice are often defined through Western ways of thinking. Empirical environmental justice research, however, increasingly takes place in

The Just Transition and its work of inequality

Abstract Changing our relation to the environment in a democratic way implies questioning models and methods of socioecological relations—including work relations. This article critically discusses

Political Ecologies of Race: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Racism in the United States and Canada

Drawing inspiration from popular efforts to connect a wide array of political struggles, this symposium examines the ways that racial-colonial politics unfold through nature and environmental

Political Prisoners and Environmental Justice

This paper considers the intersections of environmental justice concerns with the U.S. prison system through the experiences of political prisoners and politicized prisoners from high-profile

Black Geographies and Black Ecologies as Insurgent Ecocriticism

Black geographies and Black ecologies are epistemological frameworks that attend to the ideological, philosophical, and material portent of Black movements in dialectical, but not deterministic,

On Abolition Ecologies and Making “Freedom as a Place”

This introduction calls for political ecology to systematically engage with the ways that white supremacy shapes human relationships with land through entangled processes of settler colonialism,

Environmental Justice and Indigenous Environmental Justice

In this chapter we provide a broad overview of three dominant ways environmental justice is framed within the scholarship and consider how Indigenous peoples’ understanding and demands for

Climate Change and the Politics of Responsibility

This article theorizes the politics of responsibility—activist struggles over who will be held accountable for structural injustices like the “catastrophic” changes underway in our climate. To do so,



Strategic orientalism: racial capitalism and the problem of ‘Asianness’

This article engages Cedric Robinson's articulations of racial capitalism and Blackness as an important set of intellectual provocations not only for Black and African diaspora studies, but also for

Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates that efforts to understand black people's history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete

Environmental Justice 2.0: new Latino environmentalism in Los Angeles

This paper presents the results of ethnographic research conducted with several environmental justice (EJ) organisations in Latino communities of Los Angeles, California. Traditional EJ politics

Beyond Distribution and Proximity: Exploring the Multiple Spatialities of Environmental Justice

Over the last decade the scope of the socio-environmental concerns included within an environmental justice framing has broadened and theoretical understandings of what defines and constitutes

Geographies of race and ethnicity II

In this report I argue that environmental racism is constituent of racial capitalism. While the environmental justice movement has been a success on many levels, there is compelling evidence that it

Unsettling Citizenship/Circumventing Sovereignty: Reexamining the Quandaries of Contemporary Anticolonialism in the United States through Black Puerto Rican Antiracist Thought

This essay weighs the uses and limitations of sovereignty and citizenship for the 7.3 million people who live in contemporary US colonies (i.e., reservations and “unincorporated territories”), where

Racial Fault Lines: The Historical Origins of White Supremacy in California

This book unravels the ethnic history of California since the late nineteenth-century Anglo-American conquest and institutionalization of 'white supremacy' in the state. Almaguer comparatively

Strange affinities : the gender and sexual politics of comparative racialization

Representing some of the most exciting work in critical ethnic studies, the essays in this collection examine the production of racialized, gendered, and sexualized difference, and the possibilities

Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking

Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction On Gnosis and the Imaginary of the Modern/Colonial World System PART ONE: IN SEARCH OF AN OTHER LOGIC Border Thinking and the Colonial Difference PART TWO: I

Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California

Geographic studies of environmental racism have focused on the spatial relationships between environmental hazards and community demographics in order to determine if inequity exists. Conspicuously