Just because we are unable to run programs this summer, doesn’t mean we’ll stop learning. The team of Reconnect Earth has put together a list of suggested readings for folks to continue their own personal quest for knowledge around social justice, the environment, activism, conservation work and many related intersectional topics. As always, we are constantly learning, reflecting and working on personal practice; leave a comment below and let us know what you find helpful or other resources we can help steer folks towards!
Suggested Summer Reading List (Books):
(Please note, we have included links to these books available at Indigenous owned, Black owned businesses where possible – if you can support your local BIPOC owned businesses first and foremost, or your local library please do so)
- So You Want to Talk About Race By Ijeoma Oluo
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry by Camille T. Dungy
- What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
- White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
- An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
- Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson
Written by Indigenous Authors
- Tulalip, from My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community by Harriette Shelton Dover
- Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Paddling with Spirits by Irene Skyriver
- As Long as the Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Personal Narrative / Outdoor Experiences
- Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn
- The Unlikely Thru-Hiker by Derrick Lugo
- Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis
- The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors by James Edward Mills
- The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World by Alison Hawthrne Deming
- Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney
- Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
- On Trails by Robert Moor
- Horizon by Barry Lopez
- Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams
- Little Black Book by Marlow Baines
- Youth to Power by Jamie Margolin
- The Lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig
Suggested Instagram accounts to follow:
- @alisonmdesir – Endurance athlete, mental health coach & advocate, community builder, activist and mother.
- @she_colorsnature – Diversity in the outdoors. Motherhood + Mountain life. Speaker. Writer.
- @teresabaker11 – Working to increase diversity and inclusion in the outdoor industry.
- @courtneyahndesign — email about sharing graphics for social media content
Let us know what some of your favorite resources are!