Dr. Robert Bullard is the father of environmental justice. For those who may not be familiar with the term, environmental justice describes the ways in which systemic racism and the uneven impacts of environmental catastrophes are intimately intertwined. In his foundational book ‘Dumping in Dixie’, Dr. Bullard showed that politics of place and uneven development have both racial and environmental underpinnings. From the danger of flood-prone housing to the appalling labour conditions of fast-fashion workers, it is evident that the burden of the climate crisis is unevenly felt.
Land In Our Names (LION)
Land in our names (LION) is a British grassroots collective striving towards land reparations in the UK. Based on the understanding that land rights are an essential to sovereignty, LION centres the experience of Black and people of colour through a reparative justice framework. Their work shows the interconnections between anti-racism, climate justice and land stewardship.
Tom Hunt is an award-winning chef, food educator, writer, climate change activist and author of the new book Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet.
Hunt prioritises people and the environment within his work and believes in a world with a fair global food system where our actions benefit other people and nature. He works to protect biodiversity and promote equality by raising awareness about the issues affecting our food system whilst empowering people and businesses to act responsibly through his workshops, consultancy, food writing, presenting and events.
In response to the global food waste scandal, Tom has developed an holistic approach to food called Root to Fruit Eating that educates and enables everyone from home cooks to industry chefs to tackle climate change through the food they cook and eat.
The Intersectional Environmentalist
This instagram account is all about protesting people AND the planet, through their mantra "the future is intersectional". They have great graphics to brighten up your insta feed, full of crucial content for any aspiring equal-rights environmental activists. Find her on instagram at @intersectionalenviromentalist
EarthRise is a creative studio communicating the climate crisis. Their focus ranges from the intersections of fast fashion and feminism to the politics underpinning systemic pollution. They try to lay out the nuanced arguments within different topics whilst also providing easily digestible amounts of information, making them a great resource for those short of time.
Molly is a textile repair artist who shows the beauty in mending. From Japanese sashiko to darning, she explores a range of different techniques to bring well-loved items back to life. Her work is a great resource for those looking to avoid fast fashion and find inspiration on how to bring new life into our old clothes.
Poppy Okotcha is a gardener and grower, documenting her journey with permaculture and regenerative farming techniques.
She has almost 50,000 followers on instagram and shares content relating to gardening, regenerative growing, recipes, and life in the countryside.
Find her on instagram at @poppyokotcha
Julia Watson is a designer, activist and lecturer at Harvard and Columbia University. She is also the author of Lo—TEK Design by Radical Indigenism which illustrates how indigenous understandings of nature-based technologies are crucial for climate-resilience. Her urban design studio brings interdisciplinary thinking to urban projects and clients interested in systemic and sustainable change, showing how the intersection of academia and practice is crucial for the sustainability transition.