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Fire: Decolonizing "environmental justice"

There is a large body of literature that attributes the formation of "Environmental Justice" to the legacy of the Environmental Movement. This project examines the formation of the Environmental Movement, places it within the legacy of the United States colonial project, and repositions "Environmental Justice" as resistance to the colonial project. Worldviews of the Environmental Movement are fleshed out through key figures, highlighting how the State is built up through the movement. Pivotal moments in the "Environmental Justice" movement are examined to understand the worldviews that form the movement, and a case study of a family that helped found the Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel (Mothers of East Los Angeles Santa Isabel, MELASI) is presented to illustrate how indigenous worldviews in particular stand in contrast to the worldviews that have formed the State and the Environmental Movement.

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