Pride month: what is queer ecology?



During Pride Month, a CSUF professor asks what queer ecology can teach us about environmentalism. Nicole Seymour, an associate professor in the Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics, examines how environmental destruction is linked to gender and sexuality, as well as racism and classism.

“Pride Month is a great time to reflect on the consumerism and wastefulness that has grown up around Pride itself and to consider alternatives. Maybe you don’t need to go to the parade with the police and elaborate floats and people throwing plastic things you’ll never use again! Maybe organize a bike Pride Ride or a low-cost picnic with your friends, or see if something similar is already happening in your town,” suggests Seymour.

Seymour was recently featured as a guest on Takeaway meals, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry on the NPR radio station. The two discussed biases and limitations in the field of environmental studies. You can listen to the entire conversation or read the transcript on the WNYC Studios website.

Seymour is the author of numerous publications. His most recent book, Shine (Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series), focuses on glitter and how the substance relates to consumerism, emotion, environmentalism and gender/sexual identity. Seymour enjoys working with students on research and public activism projects such as Climate Change Theater Action. She recently served as Vice President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and Area Team Coordinator for the UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network for Education and transformative action on climate and sustainability.

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