What do we mean by unlearn? We have inherited many concepts as common knowledge or basic logic. This feeds a status quo in which questionable, problematic structures become embedded and difficult to transform. Part of the necessary transformation of making our systems more durable, accessible and inclusive involves reexamining them and unlearning the ideas that sustain them.
Recommended Reading List
Peter Annin, The Great Lakes Water Wars. Washington DC: Island Press, 2018.
Mona Hanna Attisha, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. New York: One World, 2018.
Maude Barlow, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever. New York: The New Press, 2013.
Robert Bilott, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed and One Lawyer’s Twenty-year Battle against Dupont. New York: Atria Books, 2019.
Anna Clark, The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and The American Urban Tragedy. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2018.
William Cronin, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992.
Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2017.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker, As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, From Colonization to Standing Rock. Boston: Beacon Press, 2019.
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2015.
Nancy Langston, Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2017.
Emma S. Norman, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous Communities (Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management). New York: Routledge, 2017.
David Sedlak, Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2014.
Gary Snyder, A Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds. Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 1995.
Gary Snyder, Mountains and Rivers Without End. Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 1996.
Dorceta E. Taylor, Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility. New York: New York University Press, 2014.
Dorceta E. Taylor, The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2016.