September 14, 2021

On Being Loved to Death: The Tourism, Black Pig and Groundwater Nexus on Jeju Island

By Hanbyeol Jang and Kimberley Thomas. Tourism and black pig booms on Jeju Island in South Korea threaten groundwater, the only freshwater source on the island. Is it possible for tourism, black pigs, and clean groundwater to coexist without compromising the island’s future?
September 7, 2021

White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism

By The Zetkin Collective. What happens when the rise of temperatures intersects with the rise of the far right? This latest instalment in the "Political ecologies of the far right" series, based on the new book White Skin, Black Fuel, seeks an answer.
August 3, 2021

Summer break note

Good wishes and a selection of events and blog posts for the pause
July 29, 2021

Narrating political ecologies through film: An interview with documentary filmmaker Taylor Rees

By Marek Kaczyński and Marta Ewa Romaneczko Documentary filmmaker Taylor Rees talks about her work on racism and environmental justice.
July 27, 2021

Rural Connections of Populism in Central and Eastern Europe

By Natalia Mamonova. Rural areas in Central and Eastern Europe have often been described as a bastion of right-wing populism as populist vote shares are considerably higher in the countryside. Is this the case, and if so, how did the right-wing parties win over the post-socialist village?
July 20, 2021

Where have all the commons gone in Italy? A new podcast

By Emanuele Fantini In Italy, the success of the referendum against water privatisation pushed many social movements to reframe their struggles – on labour, education, debt, land use…. – in the name of the commons. Emanuele Fantini explores the legacy of that season in a podcast, here presented for the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning”.
July 8, 2021

Perú: El Triunfo de Castillo y la Ecología Popular

Por Raquel Neyra El regreso de la izquierda al gobierno de Perú representa el fin de la era de violencia, corrupción y racismo Fujimorista; a la vez, la tensión entre la redistribución de las riquezas mineras y la defensa de los territorios frente al extractivismo será un desafío clave para el gobierno, y para los movimientos sociales.
July 8, 2021

Peru: Castillo’s Triumph and Popular Environmentalism

By Raquel Neyra The return of the left in the government of Peru represents the end of the Fujimori era of violence, corruption and racism; at the same time, the tension between the redistribution of mining wealth and the defense of territories against extractivism will be a key challenge for the government, as well as for grassroots movements.
June 22, 2021

Colonial Climates, Decolonial Futures: Reflections from Puerto Rico

Gustavo García López. A decolonial future requires naming the interconnections between the climate crisis and imperialism, seen in dramatic North-South inequalities, extractivist policies, corporatocracy, and militarism; while simultaneously reimagining climate as part of struggles for making collective worlds of justice, freedom, and interdependence, caring for our shared commons, in common.
June 17, 2021

Transforming capitalism? The role of the commons and direct democracy in struggles against water privatisation in Europe.

By Andreas Bieler In his new book “Fighting for Water: Resisting Privatization in Europe” Andreas Bieler analyses the struggles against water privatization in Europe since the early 1990s. In this post for the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning” he explores to what extent these struggles point towards a potential future beyond capitalism.
June 8, 2021

Gunda, Babe and Val Plumwood: on communicative status, ethical relations with the more-than-human and being food

By Enid Still Is human speech a prerequisite to the ethical recognition of beings? The film about the life of a sow called Gunda, invites us to look beyond speech, into emotional, communicative more-than-human relations.
June 1, 2021

Portland’s Lauded Sustainability Falls Short on Racial Justice

By Margarita Triguero-Mas, Mario Fontán-Vela. Despite Portland’s reputation as a champion of sustainability, the city still struggles to overcome its legacy of racist policies and environmental injustice when it comes to the inclusion of Black residents.
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