Spring 2010

Race, Gender and Class in U.S. Environmentalism

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-53


Diana P. Wu (Section 01)


Since 1997, a global scientific and political consensus has developed on the reality of global climate destabilization (aka "global warming") and the urgency of action at many scales of political, geographical and economic organization.  In 2008 and 2009, social justice and environmental justice advocates and organizers have combined the urgency of fundamentally changing production and extraction systems with the need to right historic and contemporary inequities, which they have called "climate justice" and "the just transition."  Their actions challenge the dominant stereotype held by working class and people of color communities that environmentalism is a movement composed of middle-class, educated elites.  In this course we will examine the many trends of thought and action that have formed U.S. environmental movements, focusing on the period from the 1960s and 1970s to the present.  We will examine how race, class, gender and other aspects of social positionality have affected, and continue to affect, different groups' ideas--and practices--of issue selection, political action, and solutions to environmental and human rights struggles.

Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 25 students.  Spring semester.  Copeland Fellow Wu.

If Overenrolled: preferences to Environmental Studies majors, then first come


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010