For Educators: Environmental Justice Movement

Unit Resources

Avoice Exhibit

Visit the Avoice exhibit on the Environmental Justice Movement.


Environmental Justice Movement Timeline


Bullard, Robert and Beverly Wright. Race, Place, and the Environmental Justice after Hurricane Katrina. Westview Press: New York, NY, 2009

Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Publisher, New York, NY, 2008

Hawken, Paul. Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being, and Why No One Saw It Coming. Viking Press: New York, NY, 2007

Lerner, Steve. Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA, 2006

Leuzzi, Linda. To the Young Environmentalist: Lives Dedicated to Preserving the Natural World. Franklin Watts Press: Danbury, CT, 1998

Web Resources

Avoice: African American Voice in Congress

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)

Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism
This is a web resource for Environmental Justice activists

This is a pollution information site where you can search for the in-depth reports for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, etc.

Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University
This web site provides the most current information about environmental issues that are occurring today: articles, Katrina updates, the latest legal actions on landfill and waste dumps, videos, and legislative actions (local, state, and federal).

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Compliance and Enforcement
This site is an excellent source for learning about environmental protection, compliance with the nation’s environmental laws and enforcement of those laws.

Film Resources

Trouble the Water. Dir. Carl Deal; Tia Lessin. Zeitgeist Films, 2008.

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Dir. Spike Lee. HBO Home Video, 2006.

additional information and links.