Earth Day, Ecofeminism and Racial Injustice in the Year of the Plague, COVID-19

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This has to be the strangest Earth Day week, ever. I live in New York. Here, in the center of the pandemic, life is far from normal. 

As an ecofeminist writer, filmmaker and professor, this is usually a “peak week” for me and my students.  Under normal circumstances, we would be preparing for our campus “Earthstock” festival at Stony Brook University, where I teach. We would be creating art and environmental activist installations, showing our short student-made environmental films, volunteering at a local organic farm or marching for the climate in New York City or Washington, D.C.  

My work has been prompted by the efforts of the many women environmental activists and ecofeminists whose stories and writing I teach—Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathi, Winona LaDuke, Wahleah Johns, Greta Thunberg, Jane Goodall, Helen Caldicott, Katherine Hayhoe, Berta Cáceres,…

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