October 27, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic and oil spills in the Ecuadorian Amazon: The confluence of two crisis

By Jacqueline Gaybor and Wendy Harcourt. How can we reframe the current planetary crisis to find ways for decisive and life-changing collective action? The Amazon region of Ecuador, at the center of two crises --Covid-19 and a major oil spill--, but also home to a long history of indigenous resistance, offers some answers.
October 15, 2020

From the commons to extractivism and back: The Story of Mahakam River in Indonesia

By Siti Maimunah and Sarah Agustiorini Increasing pressures from extractive industries on the Mahakam River in Kalimantan,  the second largest river in Indonesia, risk an irreparable destruction of a commons. Yet residents are actively organizing to reclaim the river as a common living space, as Siti Maimunah and Sarah Agustiorini illustrate in this new post of the series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: from extractivism to commoning”.
September 22, 2020

Beyond handbook tyrannies: Pluralising the practice of feminist political ecology

By Rebecca Elmhirst. Feminist Political ecology is becoming a more pluralized set of knowledges and practices, where feminist and environmental social movements and professional practice are changing the kinds of questions being asked and the ways that we work. What does that mean for political ecology and its pedagogies within the academy?
September 19, 2020

Open letter to European Commission from civil society organizations on critical raw materials plans

A group of civil society organizations are coordinating a sign-on letter calling on the European Commission to change course on its proposed policies on mining raw materials critical for renewable energy.
August 12, 2020

‘Extracting Us’ Exhibition and Conversation Launches Online

The online exhibition  “Extracting Us” responds to the need to continue critical conversations around the political ecologies of extractivism in and beyond the COVID-19 public health crisis. 
July 21, 2020

Scaling-up territorial alternatives to water extractivism: Mini hydroelectric plants in Ecuador

By Emilie Dupuits In the second post of series “Reimagining, remembering, and reclaiming water: From extractivism to commoning” ,co-organized by the Undisciplined Environments and FLOWs blogs, Emilie Dupuits discusses controversies and challenges in scaling-up social struggles for water conservation and sustainable livelihoods in the Intag Valley, Ecuador.
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).
November 28, 2019

El pequeño Pödelwitz global resiste

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.
November 1, 2017

Bolivia: the ever-expanding frontier of extractivism

by Marta Musić The re-authorisation of a 300 km long highway cutting through the TIPNIS is part of an extractivist-development model that the MAS administration of Evo Morales has been pursuing since the beginning of its mandate, while paradoxically denouncing capitalism and its disastrous ecological consequences. Indigenous and environmental social movements are staging protests across the country, but wider domestic and international mobilization is urgently needed. Two months ago, the Bolivian government of Evo Morales, leader of the party Movimiento al Socialismo (Movement towards Socialism, MAS), […]
August 9, 2017

Saskia Sassen on extractive logics and geographies of expulsion

By Gustavo García López* Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology, Columbia University) argues that the foundational transformation of capitalism since the 1980s is dominated by a speculative and extractive logic, characterized by “predatory formations” such as vulture funds making cities of ‘dead buildings’ and peripheries of expelled people. In her recent keynote speech at the  16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons in Utrecht, Netherlands, Saskia Sassen offered a keynote speech on the “Extractive logics in our economy: geographies of […]
September 15, 2016

Tensions and utopias: Bolivian environmental politics under Evo Morales

By Anna Kaijser* Capitalist ‘culture of death’ vs. an alternative ‘culture of life’? Recent environmental politics in Bolivia manifest contradictory tendencies and the entanglement of environmental matters with issues of territory, natural resources and national identity.
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