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Racial Climates, Ecological Indifference

An Ecointersectional Analysis

Nancy Tuana

Publication Date - January 2023

ISBN: 9780197656617

208 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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While the heavy social impacts of raging wildfires, punishing storms, and climbing temperatures worldwide have made many increasingly aware of the need for climate justice, the intersection of race and climate change has too often been neglected in the literature and in practice.

In Racial Climates, Ecological Indifference, author Nancy Tuana urges that engagement with histories and lineages of ecological indifference and systemic racisms leads to a more robust understanding of the nature of climate injustices. Applying her “ecointersectional” framework, Tuana reveals how racist institutions and practices often fuel environmental destruction and contribute to climate change. Building on the work of Black feminist theorists, she demonstrates that the basic social structures that generate environmental destruction are the same as those that generate systemic oppression, making clear that the more traditional focus on the differential distribution of harms and benefits of climate change, while important, constitutes only one dimension of climate injustice due to systemic racisms. This book provides a more adequate account of racial climates by disclosing the additional dimensions of climate injustice.

Ultimately, Tuana underscores that any effort to protect the environment must also be a fight against systemic racisms and other forms of systemic inequity.


  • Provides a new lens for understanding the connections between systemic racisms and environmental degradation
  • Presents a significant augmentation of intersectional analysis though an eco-critical analysis
  • Focuses on an oft overlooked component of climate justice

About the Author(s)

Nancy Tuana is DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 - The Interlocking Domains of Racism and Ecological Indifference
    Chapter 2 - Racial Climates
    Chapter 3 - Climate Apartheid: The Forgetting of Race
    Chapter 4 - Through the Eye of a Hurricane
    Chapter 5 - Weathering the Climate
    Conclusion - Cultivating Anthropocenean Sensibilities