By Giorgos Velegrakis** The planetary boundaries concept has profoundly changed the vocabulary and representation of global environmental issues. There is a need though to bring forward a more critical social science perspective to this framework by (re) defining boundaries through transdisciplinary and democratic processes.
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!
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 […]
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.
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”.
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?
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?
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.
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.
By Viviana Asara.
Barcelona's Can Batlló platform is a radical social innovation enacting a democratized public ownership and management of public services. By blending confrontational repertoires of action with a radical politics of autonomy, movement activists and citizens intervene and decide on the planning and delivery of public services, governing them as commons, while struggling against austerity policies.
By Vijay Kolinjivadi and Ashish Kothari.
The Green New Deal manifestos in the US and UK are among the most progressive proposals coming out of the industrialised world, but they remain flawed from the perspective of the colonised Global South, and fall short of the fundamental systemic shifts we need to save life on earth.