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 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.
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.
Maria Hadjimichael & Irmak Ertör.
A recent special issue critically interrogates the rapidly expanding "Blue Growth" imperative – and proposes an alternative imaginary for the use of, access to, and social relations with the seas and oceans.
By Alexander Dunlap.
Despite its flaws, Jeff Gibbs’s documentary Planet of the Humans powerfully exposes how optimism for "renewable energy" transitions is misplaced, and how mainstream environmentalism is becoming a force for green capitalism.
By Stavros Stavrides The coronavirus pandemic crisis has triggered a new wave of collective practices that gesture towards the same necessity as the “squares movement” (including the Arab Spring, the Indignados and the Occupy movements): another form of social organization is urgently needed.
By Alexander Dunlap.
The degradation, conflict and cumulative climatic effects of industrial expansion demand a new language to identify extractive and infrastructural megaprojects. We are not dealing with “development”, but with deranged worms, octopuses and the construction of Worldeater(s).
By Emiliano Teran Mantovani. Pödelwitz, el pequeño pueblo alemán donde se realizó el Segundo Campamento por la Acción Climática, es propiamente una aldea global. Cadenas internacionales del carbón, cambio climático y luchas ambientalistas se expresan en este poblado, y sirven para reflexionar sobre la globalidad del extractivismo.
By Undisciplined Environments. As a group of scholars and activists oriented towards a common horizon of emancipatory social and ecological transformation, we are deeply worried by the situation in Bolivia. After collective reflection and discussion, we want to share our position and thoughts on the crisis.
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.