The books and films on the following list are key texts framing EcoJustice Education. We invite book reviews of approximately 2000 words that discuss and critically analyze the text's central thesis and arguments, and position those arguments within the general discourse on ecojustice in particular as they impact thinking about educational theory, practice and reform. Many of the books on this list have been around for ten years or more, but we feel strongly that these texts represent some of the most important ideas in the field. Visit this page often; we will be updating it periodically.
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Apffel-Marglin, Frederique with PRATEC, eds. The Spirit of Regeneration: Andean Culture Confronting Western Notions of Development. London: Zed Books, 1998.
Basso, Keith. Wisdom sits in places : landscape and language among the Western Apache. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1996.
Berry, Wendell. Another Turn of the Crank. Washington, D.C: Counterpoint, 1995.
Berry, Wendell. Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition. NewYork: Counterpoint, 2000.
Bowers, C. A. The Culture of Denial: Why the environmental movement needs a strategy for Reforming Universities and Public Schools. Albany: SUNY Press, 1997.
Bowers, C. A. Educating for Ecojustice and Community. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001.
Bowers, C.A. and Frederique Apffel-Marglin (Eds.). Rethinking Freire: Globalization and the Environmental Crisis. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2005.
Cajete, Gregory. Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education. Durango, Colo. : Kivakí Press, 1994..
Cavanagh, John and Jerry Mander, eds. Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible. San Francisco: Berret-Koehler, 2002.
Esteva, Gustavo And Prakash, Madhu Suri. 1998. Grassroots Post-Modernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures, London: Zed Books
Griffin, Susan. The Eros of Everyday Life: Essays on Ecology, Gender and Society.New York: Doubleday, 1996.
Jackson, Wes. Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth. San Francisco, Calif.: North Point Press.
Mander, Jerry, and Edward Goldsmith, eds. The Case Against the Global Economy. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996.
Norberg-Hodge, Helena. Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladahk. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1991.
Orr, David. Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect.Washington, DC : Island Press, 1994.
Plumwood, Val. Environmental Culture: The Ecological Crisis of Reason. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Plumwood, Val. Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. London: Routledge, 1993.
Sachs, Wolfgang, ed. The Development Dictionary. London: Zed Books, 1992.
Snyder, Gary. The Practice of the Wild. Washington, D.C. : Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004
Shiva, Vandana. Water Wars: Privatization ,Pollution and Profit. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2002.
Shiva, Vandana. Stolen Harvest:The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. London : Zed, 2001.
Shiva, Vandana. Monocultures of the Mind. Penang, Malaysia: Third World Network, 1997.
The Global Banquet: The Politics of Food. Maryknoll Productions, 2001.
Running time: 56 minutes
Synopsis: The Global Banquet exposes globalization’s profoundly damaging effect on our food system in terms that are understandable to the non-specialist. Through interviews with farmers, policy analysts, and international activists, The Global Banquet examines the ethical questions at the heart of the globalization debate.
Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh (Produced by john Page, Associate Producers Chris Beeman, Helena Norberg Hodge, and Eric Walton. International Society for Ecology and Culture). Running Time: 1 Hour
Synopsis: How we can learn about ecological solutions from an ancient culture? Ladakh, or Little Tibet, is a wildly beautiful desert land high in the western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet, for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture. Then came development from the West and along with it social, ecological and psychological crises. The story of Ladakh teaches us about the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems, and provides valuable guidelines for our own future.
The Future of Food (Produced by Deborah Koons Garcia, John Chater, Todd Boekelheide, and Deborah Koons Garcia (DVD - Dec 6, 2005). Running Time: 88 minutes
Synopsis: There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America—a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
Common Roots: A School’s Journey (Produced by Food Works, Montpelier Vermont; Videosyncracies). Running time: 24 minutes
Synopsis: This film highlights the process of a K-8 school in Vermont refocusing its entire curriculum around the cultural history of the surrounding town, beginning with gardens and nature trails.