Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Climate Change and Colonialism

University of Wyoming



Matthew Henry

Undergraduate seminar

Documentary Video / Films

This course explores climate change through the lens of colonialism, concluding with a unit on climate justice. It foregrounds marginalized perspectives from people of color, Indigenous peoples, and Global South peoples and includes work from scholars, advocates, and activists. It considers colonialism's many legacies and aftermaths, including topics like climate coloniality, extractivism, settler colonialism, security, migration, and various ways climate change is narrativized. It also explores different frameworks for justice, e.g. reparations and land back.