Climate and Environmental Justice

Non Fiction

Adamson, Joni; Evans, Mei Mei, and Stein, Rachel  The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics and Pedigogy (University of Arizona Press, 2002)

This book examines environmental justice in its social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions in both local and global contexts, with special attention paid to intersections of race, gender, and class inequality.

Julian Agyeman, Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (New York University Press, 2005)

Explores the ideological differences between sustainable communities and environmental justice movements and shows how they can work together. Agyeman provides concrete examples of potential model organizations that employ the types of strategies he advocates.

Karen Jarratt-Snider and Marianne D Nielsen, eds. Indigenous Environmental Justice (University of Arizona Press, 2020)

Distinguishes Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) from the broader idea of environmental justice (EJ) while offering detailed examples from recent history of environmental injustices that have occurred in Indian Country.

Sarah D Wald, David J Vazquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra and Sarah Jaquette Ray Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice and the Decolonial (Temple University Press, 2019)

The whiteness of mainstream environmentalism often fails to account for the richness and variety of Latinx environmental thought. Building on insights of environmental justice scholarship as well as critical race and ethnic studies, the editors and contributors to Latinx Environmentalisms map the ways Latinx cultural texts integrate environmental concerns with questions of social and political justice. 

Carl A Zimring Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States (New York University Press, 2015)

Clean and White offers a history of environmental racism in the United States focusing on constructions of race and hygiene. 

Andrew Ross Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Focuses on the prospects for sustainability in Phoenix--a city in the bull's eye of global warming--and also the obstacles that stand in the way.


Bacigalupi, Paolo The Water Knife (Penguin Random House, 2015)

Drought in future Phoenix, migration, thriller elements.

Butler, Octavia The Parable Series (Earthseed Series) (Grand Central Publishing, 1993 - 1998)

The books depict the struggle of the Earthseed community to survive the socioeconomic and political collapse of 21st-century America due to poor environmental stewardship, corporate greed, and the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor.

Offil, Jenny Weather (Knopf, 2020)

“Compact and wholly contemporary, Jenny Offill’s third novel sees a librarian find deep meaning and deep despair in her side gig as an armchair therapist for those in existential crisis, including liberals fearing climate apocalypse and conservatives fearing the demise of ‘American values.’ As she attempts to save everyone, our protagonist is driven to her limits, making for a canny, comic story about the power of human need.”

Robinson, Kim Stanley New York, 2140 (Orbit, 2017)

The future with climate change: NYC as Venice, scientists as heroes.

Robinson, Kim Stanley The Ministry for the Future (Orbit, 2020)

"Using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us—and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face."

Graphic Novels

Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change (Island Press, 2014)

Non-fiction: quick, easy guide and funny.

Phillippe Squarzoni Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science (Comic Arts, 2014)

Non-fiction: causes and consequences; actions.

Lauren Redniss Thunder and Lightning Weather Past, Present, Future (Random House, 2015)

Non-fiction: challenges we face with climate change.

Lauren Redniss Oakflat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the West (Random House, 2020)

Non-fiction: San Carlos Apache fight for land in Arizona - mining on Oakflat. Our need for Cu for devices, energy.

Mat Johnson and Simon Gane Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story (Vertigo Comics, 2011)

Fiction: Moral dilemas in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

Ann Nocenti and David Aja The Seeds (Dark Horse, 2021)

Cli-fi: Last humans, aliens arrive! "eco-fiction tech thriller-meets-love-story"

Hayao Miyazaki Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (7 volume series, also a movie adaptation) (Viz Media, 2012, Boxed)

Cli-fi: Epic Manga series of the Princess in a world left after eco-disaster.

CCL Tucson thanks member Anna Spitz for these recommendations.