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1st Edition

Diversity and Inclusion in Environmentalism

Edited By

Karen Bell

ISBN 9780367567354
Published June 3, 2021 by Routledge
184 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 the rich and the 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, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and others (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  2. Disabled Environmentalisms  3. How Environmentalism Includes and Excludes Women  4. Environmental Movements in the Global South  5. Working-Class People, Extinction Rebellion, and the Environmental Movements of the Global North  6. Environmentalism and LGBTQIA+ Politics and Activism  7. The Demand for Racial Equality and Environmental Justice  8. The Forgotten Generation  9. Youth, Climate and Environmentalism  10. Policies and Change


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Karen Bell is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of West of England, UK. She is an inter- disciplinary social scientist who has been investigating and teaching at the intersection of political, geographical and environmental studies for the last ten years.


"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