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SAAJ 122 Bioregional Justice: Home

Suggested Subjects

Search the library catalog for:



environmental justice

Los Angeles River (Calif.) Environmental conditions.

Finding Online Books

Search for online books in Pepperdine Libraries collection of EBL e-books

You'll find books like these:

Getting Started

Read articles including:

"Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A." by Jenny Price

"Rethinking Environmental Racism" by Laura Pulido

Check the library catalog for print books such as:

Gumprecht, Blake. The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Visit web sites for organizations including:

Malibu Creek Watershed Council   includes Living Lightly in our Watersheds resource book

Heal the Bay - especially their report on Malibu Creek Watershed: Ecosystem on the Brink

Las Virgines Municipal Water District - section on Malibu Creek Watershed, including link to YouTube video The Clean Water Act and our Backyards

City of Los Angeles Los Angeles River Revitalization
includes the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan

LA River Index: a healthy river for all

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Council for Watershed Health 

Look at interactive maps:

Pollution burdens

CalEnviroScreen 2.0 Mapping Applications and Data  [Read LA Times article about this map: Barboza, Tony. "New Map could Refocus State's Pollution Battles; it Scores Environmental Hazards in 8,000 Census Tracts." Los Angeles Times Apr 23 2014. ProQuest. Web. 25 Apr. 2014 . ]

View online videos:

Expansion of urban land in LA 1877-2000 - Prepared for the NYU Stern Urbanization Project using data compiled by Shlomo Angel, Jason Parent, Daniel Civco, and Alejandro Blei for The Atlas of Urban Expansion, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Additional online books

In addition to the EBL e-book collection, other online books can be found in the library catalog.  For example:

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Bioregionalism defined

A Dictionary of Human Geography gives us this definition of bioregionalism:

An environmentalist belief that human societies should adapt to living harmoniously within bioregions. These are territories defined by natural rather than political conditions. A bioregion can be defined as an area in which topography, soils, plant and animal life, climate, weather, and human culture are relatively homogeneous and integrated. It may correspond with a watershed. The concept was formulated by environmentalist Peter Berg and ecologists Raymond Dasmann in 1970s northern California, but has not been taken up much beyond North America. Although bioregions share many of the ideas of classical regional geography, human geographers have not developed the idea.

Significant people

Check Biography in Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library for information about key writers on bioregionalism:

Peter Berg [read his article about bioregionalism defined]

Raymond Dasmann

Gary Snyder

Kirkpatrick Sale [read: "Bioregionalism - a sense of place." The Nation 12 Oct. 1985: 336+. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web.]

Robert Thayer