Magali C. Calise

When Women’s Grassroots Movements Challenge Environmental Issues

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Keywords: Community-Based Feminism, Environment, Pollution, Extractivism, Colonialism.

This article deals with two different grassroots women’s movements: working class women’s movement in the USA and community-based feminist movement in Guatemala. These women, who do not label themselves as feminists nor ecologists, claim that environmental justice is facing toxic waste and/or environmental destruction, which are a question of life or death. Their mobilizations and political analyses, often invisibilized or invalidated, are shaking up the dominant ecologist movements. The first claim for improving environmental justice is facing toxic waste, pollution and the consequences that plague their communities. The second claim demands the protection and the reappropriation of their bodies and lands as a mean of decolonization. I will conclude this article underlining the emancipatory perspectives offered by these movements.

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