Short and sharp Political Ecology analysis

October 17, 2019
Image of the VIIth International Conference of Vía Campesina held in the Basque Country in 2017. Source: http://www.eh-derio-lvc-2017.ehnebizkaia.eus/

Countering right-wing populism through food sovereignty and “solidarity from below”: an example from the Basque Country

By Rita Calvário, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Joseba Azkarraga-Etxagibel. In Spain, the specter of right-wing populism is also haunting rural areas. In the Basque Country, a politics of food sovereignty based on "solidarity from below" is helping to cultivate a wide-spread, rural and urban left-wing politics that thwarts the growth of exclusionary spaces of politics and forms of identities so central to right-wing populism. 
October 15, 2019

Building the urban commons: links between (non)bounded communities, common spaces and social reproduction

By Sergio Ruiz Cayuela and Chiara Tornaghi. In the light of privatisations, austerity and scarcity that characterise the current expansion of neoliberalism, an increasing number of communities are facing a crisis of social and material reproduction. What are the interlinkages between communities, common spaces and social reproduction, in the construction of post-capitalist alternatives and particularly the urban commons?
October 10, 2019

A People’s Climate Plan for New York?

For an urban “Green New Deal” to be truly transformative, it must be driven by popular participation and the imperatives of climate justice, eco-socialism, and decolonization.
October 1, 2019

On Refusal, Hope and the Politics of Making Meaning

By Wendy Harcourt. Wendy Harcourt shares snapshots of a feminist political ecologist's life over the summer where she was able to reflect and think about different socio-natures together with colleagues/friends of the Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity – Innovation Training Network (WEGO-ITN). Her light descriptions point to thicker moments of making meaning in conferences, courses and communities.
October 1, 2019

The Case for Convivial Conservation

By Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher. In the face of the sixth extinction, rising wildlife crime and biodiversity under dire threat around the globe, environmental conservation finds itself in desperate times. A new approach is needed, one that takes seriously our economic system’s structural pressures, violent socio-ecological realities, escalating extinctions and increasingly authoritarian politics. Convivial conservation is such an approach.
October 1, 2019

Undisciplining Political Ecology: A Minifesto

By Marco Armiero, Stefania Barca and Irina Velicu. A reflection on the concept that gave the name to this platform, with an invitation to unlearn the disciplinary boundaries of academia and engage in more personal reflections and actions to connect our various struggles, “to build collectives of care rather than mere departments”, and “to investigate ourselves as researchers.” 
October 1, 2019

Launching ‘Undisciplined Environments’

Today comes into life Undisciplined Environments – a platform for political ecology research and activism. 
August 27, 2019

The Amazon fires are Bolsonaro’s political crimes and call for urgent action

By "Political Ecology from the South/Abya Yala" Working Group of the Latin American Social Science Council (CLACSO). The recent images of fires in the Amazon, in Pantanal, Cerrado and Chaco as well as the smoke clouds hovering over São Paulo, are not mere coincidences of climate.
July 25, 2019

How can we use blockchain for an eco-socialist transformation?

By Defne Gonenc. There is a lot of excitement about blockchain among technology professionals. It is also celebrated by many for bringing more transparency to supply chains and promoting decentralized governance. However, can blockchain do more than this? Can this technology potentially open the door for a complete eco-socialist transformation? Yes, but how? Time for action and discussion.
April 4, 2019

Political Ecologies of Waste: Salvaged Livelihoods and Infra-structural Labour

by Benjamin Irvine. Solid waste is often seen as an environmental problem to be solved through change of behaviour and recycling. Political ecology can sharpen our analysis of the politics involved in the way materials move through the economy. Prospects for reducing the amount of solid waste generated and ambitions for a “circular economy” will entail qualitative transformations in patterns of material flows and organisation of labour. Deciphering the shape of these changes necessarily begins in the present conditions and struggles of waste workers.
February 28, 2019

Grassroots initiatives in climate change-adaptation for justice and sustainability

While climate campaigners organize direct action groups and city councils begin considering climate change an undeniable imperative in planning and policy, school strikers have launched the international platform School Strike 4 Climate. The support for local climate action around the world is growing and will not stop.                                                                              […]
February 21, 2019

The Internet – a case for political ecology?

By Annika Kettenburg
The digital sphere is more than the playground of techno-optimism, eco-modernism and capitalist expansion. While in the mainstream it is portrayed as immaterial and unpolitical, the internet is the place where personal data becomes a commodity whose production and distribution exploits workers and nature.
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