Climate and Environmental Justice

Seek to understand the relationship between human impacts on the Earth and its climate and social inequalities among human communities in order to identify just solutions to the climate crisis.

Recognizing that ecological degradation and disconnection from the land is a longstanding geo-historical phenomenon that is further worsened by the climate crisis, programs focus on environmental justice and unpacking the various dimensions of climate justice from local to global contexts.

In Climate and Environmental Justice courses and programs, you will gain a deep understanding of both the systemic inequalities and root causes of environmental and climate inequalities and explore the possibilities of more just futures from the point of view of ecological sustainability and community resilience.

You will develop a solid foundation in one or more of the following areas of study:

  • Indigenous resilience
  • International inequality
  • Neoliberal capitalism
  • Green colonialism
  • Critical race and gender studies
  • Environmental humanities
  • Eco media

Join us to learn how different forms of inequality and oppression intersect with the causes and consequences of a changing climate.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Beck, Stephen philosophy
Buxbaum, Stephen political economy, community development and planning
Eloheimo, Marja Ethnobotany, Indigenous Studies, Climate Justice
Grossman, Zoltan geography, Native American studies
Joshi, Shangrila climate justice, climate policy and politics, political ecology, environment and development
Lal, Prita food justice, social movements, race/gender/class inequality, Black studies
McMillin, Paul historical sociology, information studies
Simons, Suzanne poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
Smith, Tyrus environmental studies, public policy
Styring, Alison ornithology

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Foundations: Political Ecology and Political Economy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Fisheries in the Pacific Northwest: Biology and Political Ecology
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Food from the Sea: Biodiversity, Culture, and Justice
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14