Here are 10 books by Black women environmentalists to check out in honor of Earth Day. The first three are on my current TBR list and/or are currently reading. I also did some research and pulled up some additional titles that might peak your interest if you want to engage more with the topic. I’ll be adding them to my TBR as well. They cover everything from poetry to gardening to climate activism to essays and interviews.
Happy Earth Day!
10 Books by Black Women Environmentalists
- This Book Will Save the Planet: A Climate-Justice Primer for Activists and Changemakers by Dany Sigwalt and illustrated by Aurelia Durand
- Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden by Camille T. Dungy
- Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations With Black Environmentalists by Leah Penniman
- Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman and Karen Washington
- We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy by Natalie Baszile
- Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry Edited by Camille T. Dungy
- Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy (poetry)
- Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions by Kimberly N. Ruffin
- Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Dianne Glave
- Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney
What books are you reading in celebration of Earth Day?