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Visual Storytelling: Additional books and readings

A resource guide to accompany Jessica Turtle's talk, "Visual Storytelling: Climate Change and Environmental Justice" on Oct. 29, 2020


illustration by Jessica Turtle depicting a stack of classic environmental books along with insects, birds, and plantsVisual Storytelling: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Welcome to the University of St. Thomas Libraries' resource guide to accompany Jessica Turtle's talk, "Visual Storytelling: Climate Change and Environmental Justice"

We've compiled a list of books, articles, websites on the topics of climate justice, environmental storytelling, and ecology and emotion.  We hope you'll explore any of these resources that interest you.  

All articles that are linked from this page are open and available to the public. 

The books are mainly those in the St. Thomas library collection.  To help everyone find a copy of the book, I have linked to the record for all books.  This will tell you which nearby libraries have the book in their collection.

These resources were compiled by Ann Zawistoski, the University of St. Thomas library liaison to Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Geology, and Geography.  This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License and may be shared without seeking permission. 


Image Credit: Silent Spring by Jessica Turtle. Image used with permission.


Silent Spring

First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1962, Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library QH545.P4 C38 2002

All We Can Save

All We Can Save highlights the expertise and insights of dozens of women leading on the climate crisis in the United States and advances a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation.

Not in St. Thomas Library Collection

Climate Justice

Powerful and deeply humane, Climate Justice is a stirring manifesto on one of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and a lucid, affirmative, and well-argued case for hope.

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library GE220 .R63 2018

Original Local

Indigenous menus were truly the "original local," celebrated here in sixty home-tested recipes paired with profiles of tribal activists, food researchers, families, and chefs. 

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library E98.F7 E735 2013

Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media

Heid E. Erdrich's poems recognize how our love of technology it's required extraction industries on indigenous lands threaten our future and obscure the realities of indigenous peoples.

St. Thomas Libraries ebook

The Sixth Extinction

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library QE721.2.E97 K65 2014

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Author Elizabeth Kolbert cuts through the rhetoric and political agendas to elucidate what is really going on with the global environment and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library QC981.8.G56 K655 2006

Sharing the Earth

This anthology of eighty international literary texts illuminates Environmental Justice as a concept and a movement worldwide in a way that is accessible to students, scholars, and general readers. 

Not in St. Thomas Library Collection

The Great Derangement

Amitav Ghosh examines our inability to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today's climate events make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. 

O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library PN56.C612 G48 2016

Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet

Maude Barlow lays out a set of principles towards a water-secure and water-just world. She includes stories of struggle and resistance from marginalized communities, and government policies that work for both people and the planet.

St. Thomas Libraries ebook

Iron and Water: My life protecting Minnesota's environment

Grant J. Merritt's memoir of his life's work on behalf of Minnesota's people and environment and also the story of Merrit's family that played a key role throughout Minnesota's history in the struggle over natural resources.

St. Thomas Library ebook

Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after nature

Offering an appraisal of the Anthropocene, the era in which human actions affect all life and systems on our planet, Lorimer unpacks its implications for changing definitions of nature and the politics of wildlife conservation.

St. Thomas Library ebook

Mourning nature : hope at the heart of ecological loss and grief

Seeking to redress the silence around ecologically-based anxiety in academic and public domains, Mourning Nature creates a lexicon for the recognition and expression of emotions related to environmental degradation. 

St. Thomas Library ebook

Facing Climate Change: an integrated path to the future

Jeffrey Kiehl examines the psychological phenomena that twist our relationship to the natural world, as well as the emotions triggered by the lived experience of climate change and the feelings of fear and loss they inspire, which lead us to deny the reality of our warming planet.

St. Thomas Libraries ebook

Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life

Sociologist Kari Norgaard searches for answers to why the public response to climate change has been meager, drawing on interviews and ethnographic data from her study of "Bygdaby," a rural community in western Norway.

St. Thomas Library ebook

Ecological Storytelling and Arts

Stories play many important roles. They bring people together but are more than tools of connectivity: they convey information, educate and influence, entertain, preserve traditions and values. Stories bridge gaps in culture, language, age and education. -- Conservation journalist and author, Millie Kerr



Climate Justice

Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centred approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable people and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its impacts equitably and fairly.  -- Mary Robinson Foundation, Principles of Climate Justice



Emotion and Ecology

"Ecological grief" is defined as:

"the grief felt in relation to experienced or anticipated ecological losses, including the loss of species, ecosystems and meaningful landscapes due to acute or chronic environmental change" (Cunsolo and Ellis, 2018).