Episode 18 – Ecology is Radical: A People’s History of Environmentalism



This Earth Month, we’re looking back on the history of environmental radicalism. Brian Tokar is a teacher, activist, and writer who’s been involved in the movements he writes and teaches about since the 70s. We discuss how leftism and environmentalism came together, why ecology matters for the left, and what lessons we can learn from these traditions and put into practice today.


Further Reading:

  • Robert Gottlieb – Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement
  • Chad Montrie – A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States
  • Peter Kropotkin – Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
  • A. Kauffman – Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism
  • Douglas Bevington – The Rebirth of Environmentalism
  • Robert Bullard, ed. – The Quest for Environmental Justice, Confronting Environmental Racism, Unequal Protection, Dumping in Dixie

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