Ludovic Blain

Ludovic Blain has worked on environmental justice, election reform, media justice, and generational challenges for nonprofit leadership transitions for 15 years. He currently works in a New York-based think tank on election reform and publishes a blog at

An environmental-justice advocate insists he’s not dead yet

Ludovic Blain. “The Death of Environmentalism” should be called “The Death of Elite, White, American Environmentalism.” A critique of the environmental movement that draws on neither the perspectives nor achievements of the environmental-justice (EJ) movement is, at very best, incomplete. That the DOE interviews and recommendations only focused on white, American male-led environmentalism meant that the fatal flaws of that part of the environmental movement infected the critique itself. These omissions inspire me to paraphrase Sojourner Truth and ask, “Ain’t I an environmentalist?” I was struck by how the piece echoed the National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summits of …

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