Sociological literature tends to view the social categories of race, class and gender as distinct and has avoided discussing how multiple intersections inform and contribute to experiences of injustice and inequity. This limited focus is clearly inadequate.

Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change is an edited volume of 49 international, interdisciplinary contributions addressing global climate change (GCC) by intentionally engaging with the issues of race, gender, and class through an intersectional lens.  The volume challenges and inspires readers to foster new theoretical and practical linkages and think beyond the traditional, and oftentimes reductionist, environmental science frame by examining issues within their turbulent political, cultural, and personal landscapes. Varied media and writing styles invite students and educators to reflexively engage different, yet complementary, approaches to GCC analysis and interpretation, mirroring the disparate voices and viewpoints within the field. The second volume, Emergent Possibilities for Sustainability will take a similar approach but will examine the possibilities for solutions, as in the quest for global sustainability.

This book is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the areas of Environmental Studies, Climate Change, Gender Studies and International studies as well as those seeking a more intersectional analysis of GCC.

chapter |14 pages


Locating ourselves within the Anthropocene: applying intersectionality to anthropogenic climate change
ByPhoebe Godfrey, Denise Torres

part I|64 pages


chapter 1|2 pages

Worlds turning; worlds colliding?

ByPhoebe Godfrey, Denise Torres

chapter 2|1 pages

Pulled from all angles … with strings attached

ByDavid C. Jackson

chapter 3|14 pages

Mother Earth meets the Anthropocene

An intersectional ecofeminist analysis
ByJane Caputi

chapter 4|2 pages

The environment in the twenty-first century

A play in two parts
ByDevin Samuels

chapter 5|12 pages

The Rush Limbaugh Show and the expanding culture war

Whiteness, masculinity, and conservative media denials of climate change and sexism
ByJulie Bacon

chapter 6|5 pages

Hegemonic masculinity in three parts

ByPhoebe Godfrey

chapter 7|3 pages


chapter 8|1 pages

MAN still #63

BySteve Cutts

chapter 10|8 pages

Embracing environmental justice

A brief reflection
ByAntonia Darder

part II|62 pages


chapter 11|2 pages

The search for authenticity in a climate of denial

ByDenise Torres, Phoebe Godfrey

chapter 12|1 pages

Intelligent life

ByKhalil Bendib

chapter 13|2 pages

The science proves it (or not)

ByLewis Vande Pallen

chapter 14|17 pages

The canoe, the island, and the world 1

ByR.D.K. Herman

chapter 15|4 pages

Tlakaelel’s view of climate change

ByBert Gunn

chapter 16|13 pages

Climate change, commercial news media, and Hispanics

An exploration of cultural processes and mediated environmental information
ByBruno Takahashi, Juliet Pinto

chapter 17|5 pages

A call for climate justice

ByRebecca Hall

chapter 18|14 pages

Climate action and literacy through creativity and conversations

ByPatricia Widener, Carmen Rowe, Ana Marie Estrada, Marcella Ahumada, Martha Eichloff, Jacquelyn Anderson

chapter 19|2 pages

MAN still #73

BySteve Cutts

part III|60 pages


chapter 20|2 pages

At the fault lines

Exposing the forces of discontinuity
ByPhoebe Godfrey

chapter 21|1 pages

Harvesting poison

ByJosé G. González

chapter 22|13 pages

Contradictions of a sick system

Food, climate, and capitalism
ByChris Williams

chapter 23|6 pages

Women, climate change, and food security in Bangladesh

ByParvez Babul

chapter 24|6 pages


ByChantal Bilodeau

chapter 25|1 pages

Polar bear on Bernard Harbor

BySubhankar Banerjee

chapter 26|13 pages

Race, gender, and climate injustice

Dimensions of social and environmental inequality
ByToban Black

chapter 27|1 pages

Mother Earth

ByIsis Mattie, Imna Arroyo

chapter 28|13 pages

The political ecology of Pachamama

Race, class, gender, climate change, and Kallawaya traditions
ByDylan Harris

chapter 29|2 pages


ByGabrielle Maughan

part IV|66 pages


chapter 30|2 pages

The struggle for praxis

Forging the uncertainty
ByPhoebe Godfrey, Denise Torres

chapter 31|1 pages


ByCara Murray

chapter 32|1 pages

Small extinction

ByJulianne Norton

chapter 33|14 pages

Şelmo oil field

A micro-site of global climate change and the global intimate
ByDefne Sarsilmaz

chapter 34|4 pages

Singing today, for tomorrow

ByPriyanka Borpujari

chapter 35|13 pages

Global wildfire and urban development

Blowback from disaster capitalism
ByAlbert S. Fu

chapter 36|1 pages

As the World Melts

ByPhoebe Godfrey

chapter 37|11 pages

A personal tale from the environmental wetback

Rethinking power, privilege, and poverty in a time of climate change politics
BySoraya Cardenas

chapter 38|13 pages

Climate Action Planning (CAP)

An intersectional approach to the urban equity dilemma
ByChandra Russo, Andrew Pattison

chapter 39|3 pages

Dear future generations

ByPrince Ea

chapter 40|1 pages

All Yours


part V|61 pages


chapter 41|2 pages

The fluidity of identity and the crisis of material reality

ByDenise Torres

chapter 42|1 pages

El Agua es la Vida

ByJosé G. González

chapter 43|13 pages


Environmental disasters, intersectional vulnerabilities, and changing citizenship models
ByHamad Sindhi

chapter 44|11 pages

Race, social class, and disasters

The Katrina version of reality
ByAlvin DuVernay

chapter 45|3 pages

poison water blessings

ByCherese Mathews

chapter 46|1 pages

Sea ice

BySubhankar Banerjee

chapter 47|14 pages

Evangelical environmentalism

An analysis of gender and ideology
ByLisa M. Corrigan, Molly Rawn

chapter 48|13 pages

Climate change and complexity of gender issues in Ethiopia

ByVictoria Team, Eyob Hassen

chapter 49|1 pages

How climate change makes me feel

ByAnthony J. Richardson