Advocacy and Activism

MenoukhaCaseMenoukha Case, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College writes:

“Environmental advocacy and activism may take many forms, from art to politics to education to grass roots organizing and more, but generally, activists “do something” about their concerns, while advocates speak for or about them. However they do overlap and are related. You can explore those relationships at: For example, Wangari Maathai is an activist whose advocacy was formalized upon her election to Parliament

“Environmental Advocacy and Activism studies can be undertaken from a variety of approaches. One can trace the development of a grass root movement; one can study connections between movements. One can study the effectiveness of diverse activist strategies. One can trace case laws and legislation that ensued as activism raised awareness.  Or, one can combine all of these in studying a specific concern (hydrofracking), environmental element (water), or site (Cancer Alley).”

Below is a list of resources on this topic. Find a more complete list of resources with links for learning and teaching about this topic on our Pinterest site: Follow Sustainability Education’s board Advocacy and Activism on Pinterest.


Love Canal: and the Birth of the Environmental Health Movement, Lois Marie Gibbs

Web Resources

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy An Ojibwe-Anishinaabe grassroots organization that focuses on creating awareness of sulfide pollution via copper mining and its harmful effects on Manoomin (Wild Rice) – an important cultural and ecosystem resource. Chief Oren Lyons speaks about Climate Change at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in 2007.

The McGill Daily, Naomi Klein speaks on environmental activism  Water Walkers United The People’s Climate mobilisation was the largest demonstration demanding action on climate change. Activism organization for global climate change

Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Desmond D’Sa on a Global, Grassroots Response to U.N. Climate Summit – YouTube

First Peoples Worldwide

Indian Country Today Media Network

Environmental Advocates of New York

Idle No More

Environmental Advocacy:  Academic Requirements, Professional Outlook From

Environmental health advocate: Explore Health