Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

“Teaching climate justice means sharing stories of hope and resistance with students. It means connecting the movement for a livable planet to the movements for racial justice, economic justice, disability justice, queer liberation, Indigenous sovereignty, anti-colonial struggles, and an end to war and violence. It means recognizing that every degree of warming that we prevent can translate into millions of lives, and that that is worth fighting for.

“Fossil fuel billionaires want us to believe that it is too late to do anything about the climate crisis. They want a free pass to continue to plunder and burn our world. They promote and benefit from students’ sense of doom and hopelessness.

“I teach against this cynicism. I want my classroom to be a space to radically reimagine a world based on care, community, justice, and equality. A world that every student can play a part in building. A world that every student deserves.”

– Suzanna Kassouf, Portland, Oregon

Edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart

Articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics breathe life into teaching environmental justice. A People’s Curriculum for the Earth features classroom-friendly readings on climate change, energy, water, food, and pollution—as well as on people who are working to make things better. 

The Climate Crisis Has a History. Teach It.
By Mimi Eisen and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca