In-depth and detailed Political Ecology essays

October 25, 2022

Energy transition from below: From climate colonialism to energy sovereignty

By J. Sebastian Reyes Bejarano, Gustavo García López, and Diego Andreucci, in conversation with Tatiana Roa Avendaño, Teresa Borasino, Marina Weinberg and Daniel Chavez. In an event last June, activists and scholars critically analyzed dominant energy transition discourses as new business horizon, as green utopia and as myth. They contrasted these with alternative visions and strategies for energy sovereignty emerging from grassroots struggles in the global south.
October 25, 2022

La transición energética desde abajo: Del colonialismo climático a la soberanía energética

Por J. Sebastian Reyes Bejarano, Gustavo García López y Diego Andreucci, en conversación con Tatiana Roa Avendaño, Teresa Borasino, Marina Weinberg y Daniel Chavez. En un evento celebrado el pasado mes de junio, activistas y académicos analizaron críticamente los discursos dominantes sobre la transición energética como nuevo horizonte empresarial, como utopía verde y como mito, y los contrastaron con visiones y estrategias para la soberanía energética que surgen de las luchas de base en los sures del mundo.
April 5, 2022

Colonial Ecologies of the Half Earth

By Austin Miles. The movement to conserve half of the Earth’s land and waters is gaining momentum. What kind of world would result if it succeeds?
February 15, 2022

The unequal university will never be ‘sustainable’

By Ana Diaz Vidal, Clara Freudenberg, Isabelle Darmon. Through green rankings and strategies for sustainability and climate virtue, universities attract and reproduce wealth, driving high consumption – paradoxically exacerbating climate change and unsustainability. Only attending to inequalities can universities do away with the carbon fetish and work for actual sustainability. University staff and students, embarked on a UK-wide strike against staff exploitation and rising costs, need to make this point loud and clear!    
January 25, 2022

Keeping the world alive and healthy: The radical realism of the “forces of reproduction” – An interview with Stefania Barca

By Ethemcan Turhan Against the grim background of increasing global warming and related disasters, global climate justice movements call for radical political and economic transformations. Accordingly, positioning social reproduction in all its diverse forms at the center of the struggle for life is among the most important steps of these transformations. Building on her latest book, Forces of Reproduction: Notes For A Counter-Hegemonic Anthropocene (Cambridge University Press, 2020), we spoke with environmental historian and political ecologist Stefania Barca on the labour of earthcare, commoning and […]
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.
May 4, 2021

Green is the new brown: ecology in the metapolitics of the far right

In France, the far right’s acknowledgment of environmental threats serves a racist and nationalist agenda. This narrative is fed and spread by the far right metapolitical sphere, which revives a conservative and Malthusian conception of ecology along the nature-territory-identity trinity. This essay recounts one of their colloquiums on the topic, titled “Nature as a base”.
April 29, 2021

Why Ecuador’s Elections Matter to Ecological Struggles

By Diana Vela Almeida y Melissa Moreano Venegas. Banker Guillermo Lasso has won the presidency of Ecuador in the midst of a political dispute dividing the country's Left. It is as participants in this struggle that we ask ourselves, how can we build agreements, alliances and, above all, a mutually transformative social and ecological base to confront the devastating effects of neoliberalism? 
April 29, 2021

Por qué las elecciones de Ecuador son importantes para las luchas ecologistas

Por Diana Vela Almeida y Melissa Moreano Venegas. El banquero Guillermo Lasso ha conquistado la presidencia del Ecuador en medio de una pugna política entre las izquierdas del país. En esa pugna es desde donde nos preguntamos: ¿cómo se logran acuerdos, alianzas y, sobre todo, cómo se construye una base social y ecológica mutuamente transformadora para hacer frente a los devastadores efectos del neoliberalismo? 
November 26, 2020

Experiences of the Covid19 pandemic of small-scale farmers in the Draa Valley in the South-East of Morocco

By Lisa Bossenbroek, Hind Ftouhi, Abir Benfars and Nawal Taaime How do small-scale farmers and agricultural laborers in the Draa Valley, in the South-East of Morocco, experience and respond to the Covid19 crisis? Their experiences illustrate how the crisis tests their resilience and expose the vulnerability and the limited resources some rural actors have to deal with crises. 
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.