Every person's right to use and enjoy our country's collective clean water, clean land and clean air is under unprecedented attack in this political climate. This is even more true for our Native and diverse citizens. The Environmental Justice Committee commits to amplifying the voices of these folks so the real, devastating effects of extractive industries are clear. Fair access to clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and clean land to live on is fundamental to a healthy strong country. We can't go back to the days of rivers on fire and smog so heavy, no one can take a deep breath.
Our Favorite Books & Movies
Environmentalists are often portrayed in media as white, hippie, crunchy, granola do gooders who live to hug trees and camp.
In reality, environmental justice is most often fought for on a daily basis by our Native communities to protect their lands and wild rice waters from oil and sulfate pollution.
Look for books and movies by people who are living in the areas at most risk. Some of our recommendations can be found below. Now It’s Your Turn. Share Your Favorites With Us!
Silent Spring By Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder By Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek By Annie Dillard
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet By Bill McKibben
Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines By Paul Fleischman.
What We Think About (When We Try Not To Think About) Global Warming By Per Espen Stoknes.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the teachings of plants. By: Robin Wall Kimmerer Robin
The Green Boat By Mary Pipher
Run, River, Run: A Naturalist’s Journey Down One of the Great Rivers of the West By Ann Haymond Zwinger
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Do you enjoy Wild Rice Soup? Learn more about how the sulfate standards that protect our wild rice waters are under attack. Do you have warm memories of canoeing through the crystal clear waters of the BWCA? Learn more how the foreign hard rock mining conglomerates are close to securing permits on the shores of Birch Lake. Join our Committee! We meet a couple times a month. We have members looking to be more educated on environmental justice challenges in Minnesota as well as people who have been working in the field for years.
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