Climate Justice Book Discussion: “Pollution is Colonialism”

Pollution is Colonialism book cover

Join facilitators Ferdinand Tablan (Philosophy) and Alice Jenkins (iBIT) to discuss Max Liboiron’s “Pollution is Colonialism.” The book presents a framework for understanding scientific research methods as practices that can align with or against colonialism. They point out that even when researchers are working toward benevolent goals, environmental science and activism are often premised on a colonial worldview and access to land.” The climate justice connection comes with book’s focus on plastic pollution to illustrate how anticolonial scientific practice is aligned with Indigenous concepts of land, ethics, and relations. The author uses work done at an anticolonial science laboratory in Newfoundland, Canada Liboiron, the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), to show how pollution is a violent result of colonial land relations that claim access to Indigenous land rather than just a symptom of capitalism. Through these examples, the book shows that anticolonial science is both possible and currently being practiced in ways demonstrate more ethical ways of existing in the world.

Meetings on Zoom: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on these Friday: Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 15

10 PD Hours, 15 seats maximumRegister today to join the book discussion

Book provided to participants at no cost. Books are available for pick up on campus by faculty participants. If pick up from campus is not possible, books can be mailed to faculty.

Reach out to Ferdinand Tablan or Alice Jenkins for more information. 

Last Updated November 15, 2023