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.
May 26, 2020

How new is the Green New Deal for the Global South?

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.
May 20, 2020

Green Capital and Environmental “Leaders” Won’t Save Us

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.
March 3, 2020

Monster megaprojects are consuming the world!

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).
October 24, 2019

Rediscovering the palm oil business in East Kalimantan

By Alexandra Mitsiou. Forest fires are directly connected to degradation of primary forest and land use changes for the expansion of grasslands (for cattle farming) and for commercially interesting monocultures such as oil palm, soya and rubber. 
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.
July 19, 2018

New Master's in Degrowth

The activist-academic collective Research & Degrowth has announced a new master's in Political Ecology, with a specialization in Degrowth and Environmental Justice.
July 17, 2018

We need to talk about robots

By Paul Robbins. A political ecology of robots is due, one that is rigorously empirical, dedicated to justice and animal welfare, but unromantic in every regard.
July 25, 2017

Climate politics in the long run

By Romain Felli*.  Stephen Schneider’s 1976 book The Genesis Strategy offers a stunning preview of contemporary debates over climate policies.  
April 27, 2017

“Namami Brahmaputra”: Worshipping a river, ignoring its materialities

By Mitul Baruah* The Brahmaputra river in Northeast India means many different things to the diverse communities in the region – their lifeline, recurrent and destructive flooding and erosion – but by most it is not considered holy. Mitul Baruah reflects on the anti-politics of recent attempts to Hinduize the river, which divorce it from its specific historical-material context.
April 14, 2017

The Banality of the Anthropocene

By Heather Anne Swanson* There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene, but one of its most troubling dimensions is the sheer number of people it fails to trouble. In response, we need to trouble the Anthropocene’s banality, argues Heather Ann Swanson.
July 21, 2016

Mining, water appropriation and latent conflicts

What if environmental conflicts do not manifest themselves? The Cobre Las Cruces mining company has managed to access and control common water resources thanks to a top-down, technocratic version of science, which silences social conflict.*
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