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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.