January 16, 2018

Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania

by Marco Armiero How many times have we repeated to each other that there is a need, an urgent need, for a political ecology of post-socialist countries? Thereby, we should warmly welcome Stefan Dorondel’s insightful ethnographic research on two villages in post-socialist Romania: Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania (Bergham Press, 2016). First of all, let’s start with a disclaimer which I believe it is appropriate for the Entitle blog. In writing about this volume I do have a conflict of […]
November 23, 2017

Why “Warning to Humanity” gets the socio-ecological crisis (and its solutions) wrong

by Salvatore De Rosa and Jevgeniy Bluwstein The “Warning to Humanity” signed by more than 15.000 scientists calls for action to save the planet proposing elitist environmentalism and missing the real target. Instead, scientists should analyse the roots of the socio-ecological crisis and join the grassroots struggles pushing  for structural changes from local to global A recent “Warning to Humanity” by Ripple et al, signed by more than 15.000 scientists, has received global media attention. According to this call for action, the threat of global […]
February 2, 2017

The Trump moment in environmental conservation

By Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher* If environmental conservation doesn’t face the current political movement by becoming much more radical there will soon be precious little biodiversity to conserve.
December 22, 2016

Protecting nature in an unequal world

By Prakash Kashwan* Democracies can do better than to give into the mirage of “Wilsonian Enclosures”, which envision half of the planet or more in nature reserves. The excessive focus on such areas detracts attention from developing alternative conservation strategies.
December 14, 2016

The trouble with rewilding…

By Irma Allen* A rewilding movement that bases itself on arguments around overpopulation, without interrogating the power structures that are enabling it, is in danger of failing to generate the kinds of solidarities, social justice outcomes and progressive visions of wildness that we so desperately need.
June 2, 2016

The other Balkan route

A group of ‘kayaktvists’ from all over Europe recently paddled 390 km of Balkan rivers, in an exciting and creative expression of protest against the looming ‘dam tsunami’ on the peninsula. 
May 10, 2016

Decoupling: A Dangerous Fantasy

By Robert Fletcher * Decoupling offers a dangerous neoliberal fantasy that we can overcome environmental limits to indefinite economic growth.
April 26, 2016

Whose game is it anyway? Critical reflections on anti-poaching narratives

by Benedict Singleton* We need to find or create media narratives that don’t depend on shock and crisis. Designating particular hunting practices as poaching is an inherently political act, which is not always simple or just. ‘Hunting the elephant hunters’ was the title of an email I received recently. It invited me to contribute money to the Eagle Network, an organisation that investigates and campaigns against environmental crime. What gave me pause was that whilst the (short) message I received had information about the scale […]
October 6, 2015

The 'Blue Heart of Europe' beats in the Balkans

Europe’s last wild rivers are under threat from dam construction—yet hardly anyone is aware of it.
September 4, 2015

A conversation with Rob Nixon

by Salvatore De Rosa, Felipe Milanez and Gustavo García López During the Tales from Planet Earth film festival that was held in Stockholm in April 2014, we had the possibility to share a coffee and a free-floating conversation with Professor Rob Nixon, author of the acclaimed book ‘Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor‘. Here is what we talked about.
July 27, 2015

Rural and Urban Solidarity Arises Against Istanbul Megaprojects

By Eleanor Finley* In the summer of 2013, popular resistance succeeded in stopping the demolition of Gezi Park, one of the last public green spaces in Istanbul. Yet urban transformation and development projects have continued throughout the city at a dizzying pace.
July 17, 2015

Photographies of an ancestral present

By Sofia Roque* Will beauty save the world? Génesis, the last work of the photographer Sebastião Salgado, is a call for a battle to save the planet. Beyond the borders of an untouched or exotic nature, the ambiguity of a switched time reminds us of our collective belonging and common struggles.
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