September 19, 2020

Open letter to European Commission from civil society organizations on critical raw materials plans

A group of civil society organizations are coordinating a sign-on letter calling on the European Commission to change course on its proposed policies on mining raw materials critical for renewable energy. On 4th September, the European Commission released a new communication detailing the future of its policies on mining raw materials critical for renewable energy, digital and industrial transitions in Europe. The EC’s PR has framed these measures in terms of sustainability and a green recovery after COVID-19, but in reality they mean one thing- a drive […]
September 15, 2020

Rural and urban, green and red, against eco-austerity

By Patrick Bresnihan. In the fourth essay of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water”, we learn how understanding some of the common roots of the anti-water charges and beef farmer movements in Ireland, may help us to re-imagine, remember and reclaim a form of environmental politics that is from below, popular, and has justice at its core.
August 18, 2020

A swimming commons

By Elliot Hurst. The summer episode of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: from extractivism to commoning” co-organized by the Undisciplined Environments and FLOWs blogs, explores swimming as a political act to reclaim social and ecological justice.
August 12, 2020

‘Extracting Us’ Exhibition and Conversation Launches Online

The online exhibition  “Extracting Us” responds to the need to continue critical conversations around the political ecologies of extractivism in and beyond the COVID-19 public health crisis. 
August 6, 2020

Saving a critical pastureland in Montenegro from the onslaught of military ‘development’

By Pablo Domínguez, Maja Kostić-Mandić and Milan Sekulović The “Save Sinjajevina” initiative  is mobilizing to defend the Sinjajevina-Durmitor massif mountain range, a traditional pastoral territory in Montenegro, from being converted into a military training ground.
July 21, 2020

Scaling-up territorial alternatives to water extractivism: Mini hydroelectric plants in Ecuador

By Emilie Dupuits In the second post of series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning” ,co-organized by the Undisciplined Environments and FLOWs blogs, Emilie Dupuits discusses controversies and challenges in scaling-up social struggles for water conservation and sustainable livelihoods in the Intag Valley, Ecuador.
July 16, 2020

Green New Deal(s): A Resource List for Political Ecologists

By Gustavo García López and Diego Andreucci. The Green New Deal has become a central focus of debates around ecosocialist politics; this list brings together diverse resources to foster critical reflection on its potential and limitations.
July 9, 2020

The Can Batlló radical social innovation: Movements co-producing public services

By Viviana Asara.
June 30, 2020

There’s more than just dirt beneath the lush lawns

By Lauren Tropeano Australia’s colonial water histories run deep and flow into the present. The nation’s lush lawns are anything but apolitical.
June 23, 2020

Contesting private urbanism in Greater Buenos Aires: Neighborhood assemblies in defense of life

By Vanina P. Santy The relation between urbanization, environmental degradation and public health demands a renewed debate, particularly in the present context of a pandemic. What are the impacts of the destruction of urban ecosystems on residents’ well-being? And how do social movements contribute to the visibility of this problem and the conservation of such places?
June 16, 2020

Countering water colonialism: Indigenous peoples’ rights, responsibilities and international water governance frameworks

By Kat Taylor, Sheri Longboat and Quentin Grafton. Water governance frameworks need to harmonise with United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
June 11, 2020

Reflections on the Virus as an Opportunity for Radical Societal Change

By Christos Zografos. Hopeful initiatives of solidarity and commoning during the coronavirus pandemic are not enough for redressing social inequality. A post-COVID world must genuinely value care, embrace instead of devalue vulnerability, and attack the existing structures of privilege.
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