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Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism

Edited By

Karen Bell

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ISBN 9780367567354
June 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

This book discusses how to develop green transitions which benefit, include and respect marginalised social groups.

Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism explores the challenge of taking into account issues of equity and justice in the green transformation and shows that ignoring these issues risks exacerbating the gap between rich and poor, the marginalised and included, and undermining widespread support for climate change mitigation. Expert contributors provide evidence and analysis in relation to the thinking and practice that has prevented us from building a broad base of people who are willing and able to take the action necessary to successfully overcome the current ecological crises. Providing examples from a wide range of marginalised and/or oppressed groups including women, disabled people, BAME people and the LGBTQ+ community, the authors demonstrate how the issues and concerns of these groups are often undervalued in environmental policy-making and environmental social movements. Overall, this book supports environmental academics and practitioners to choose and campaign for effective, equitable and widely supported environmental policy, thereby enabling a smoother transition to sustainability.

This volume will be of great interest to students, scholars and practitioners of environmental justice, social and environmental policy, planning and environmental sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism

Karen Bell

2. Disabled Environmentalisms

Harriet Larrington-Spencer, Aleksandra Kosanic, Lucie Middlemiss and Deborah Fenney

3. How Environmentalism Includes and Excludes Women: Planning, the Personal and the Planet

Clara Greed

4. Environmental Movements in the Global South

Silpa Satheesh

5. Working-Class People, Extinction Rebellion, and the Environmental Movements of the Global North

Karen Bell

6. Environmentalism and LGBTQIA+ Politics and Activism

Emma Foster

7. The Demand for Racial Equality and Environmental Justice: Learning from Bristol’s Black and Green Programme

Roger Griffith and Gnisha Bevan

8. The Forgotten Generation: Older People and Climate Change

Gary Haq

9. Youth, Climate and Environmentalism

Ben Bowman, Karen Bell and Becky Alexis-Martin

10. Policies and Change

Karen Bell


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Karen Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of West of England, UK. Her research and teaching interests span political ecology, postcolonial geography, environmental justice, social equality, and just transitions to sustainability. Her other books include 'Working-Class Environmentalism' and 'Achieving Environmental Justice'. 


"As issues of equity and justice move centre stage worldwide, how do we develop a responsive, unified, intersectional environmentalism? This challenge is not new, but Bell has assembled an excellent collection that utilizes academic, personal and experiential perspectives to give us fresh, creative new ideas." -- Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

"A well-timed, much needed holistic approach to the ways in which social inequalities such as class and disability are manifested in mainstream environmentalism. Everyone involved in environmental campaigning should read this book!" -- Lucie Marks, Key Relationships Officer, Greenpeace UK

"This book pulls together social movements from around the world that have been at the frontline of fighting for climate justice. It will support the growing movement for socially just environmental policies like the Green New Deal." -- Natasha Josette, Community Organiser, Green New Deal

"This book is a much needed, detailed dissection of the lack of diversity within the environmental sector. It is thoroughly researched and sets out everything the sector needs to know to make the change." -- Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl, conservationist, environmentalist and race activist