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In the Spirit of a New PeopleThe Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement$
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Randy J. Ontiveros

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738849

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738849.001.0001

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Green Aztlán

Green Aztlán

Environmentalism and the Chicano/a Visual Arts

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In the Spirit of a New People

Randy J. Ontiveros

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the Chicano/a environmentalism, examining specifically their visual arts and their imagining of a distinctive environmentalism. These visuals have been effective tools for fighting against racism within the environmental movement, and also for inviting audiences to imagine economies that are healthier for all living things. They show the effects of runaway consumerism on ecosystems across the globe. More importantly, these tools represent the union of social and ecological justice, which contradicts the agenda of another environmental group, the Sierra Club that aims to draw sharp a distinction between the needs of human and nonhuman nature as well as endorse the popular “zero population growth” movement and its anti-immigrant agenda.

Keywords:   Chicano environmentalism, Chicana environmentalism, visual arts, environmentalism, environmental movement, Sierra Club

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