What Standing Rock Teaches Us About Environmental Justice

What Standing Rock Teaches Us About Environmental Justice

By Jaskiran Dhillon

We live in a historical moment marked by grave uncertainty about the fate of planet Earth. Our children and grandchildren are inheriting a world almost singularly defined by climate change. Temperatures are rising. Oceans are experiencing acidification. Arctic polar icecaps are melting faster than they should. Small islands states are being swallowed up by rising sea levels. The American Psychological Association is mapping the mental health consequences of what they are calling “eco-anxiety.” And, in the midst of this planet-wide crisis riddled with debates about the Anthropocene, Indigenous peoples 1 and their longstanding resistance to environmental devastation are clear signposts of who should guide us into the future…

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