Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice
- PUBLISHED: October 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Pacific Northwest, Environmental Studies, Geography, Native American and Indigenous Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 9 b&w illus., 3 maps, 1 table
- ISBN: 9780295749365
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
In Portland’s harbor, environmental justice groups challenge the EPA for a more thorough cleanup of the Willamette River. Near Olympia, the Puyallup assert their tribal sovereignty and treaty rights to fish. Seattle housing activists demand that Amazon pay to address the affordability crisis it helped create. Urban Cascadia, the infrastructure, social networks, built environments, and non-human animals and plants that are interconnected in the increasingly urbanized bioregion that surrounds Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, enjoys a reputation for progressive ambitions and forward-thinking green urbanism. Yet legacies of settler colonialism and environmental inequalities contradict these ambitions, even as people strive to achieve those progressive ideals.
In this edited volume, historians, geographers, urbanists, and other scholars critically examine these contradictions to better understand the capitalist urbanization of nature, the creation of social and environmental inequalities, and the movements to fight for social and environmental justice. Neither a story of green disillusion nor one of green boosterism, Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice reveals how the region can address broader issues of environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and the politics of environmental change.
Authors & Contributors
Nik Janos is associate professor of sociology at California State University, Chico. Corina McKendry is associate professor of political science and environmental studies at Colorado College.
By exploring the complexities of urban inequality from Portland to Vancouver, this bracing volume is a sobering reminder that building a real-life ecotopia must reckon with enduring legacies of discrimination. This is a vital, timely book.- Matthew Klingle, author of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle
A timely contribution that speaks to issues of current relevance and controversy in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, highlighting the knowledge and understandings of BIPOC Cascadians.- Carl Abbott, author of How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America