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.
July 19, 2016

Struggling for land and water: resistances to tree plantations in Southern Chile

Different strategies to contest forestry extractivism in Chile show the complexity of these conflicts, with an overlap of present and historical political issues at different levels.*
June 14, 2016

Years of wrongdoing: territorial disarticulation and the current Chiloé crisis

By Beatriz Bustos and Felipe Irarrázaval* The recent social and environmental crisis in Chiloé, Southern Chile, triggered by a massive marine life disaster, stems from a long-standing territorial disarticulation between the state, the salmon industry and local communities when implementing regional development. 
May 26, 2016

Why is Bolivian mining still irresponsible?

A recently published study explores the reasons why the socio-environmental implications of mining have not improved under Evo Morales.
April 12, 2016

New commodity frontiers in Venezuela: extractivism’s new leap forward into the “web of life”

by Emiliano Teran Mantovani * The large environmental devastation that the expansion of these extractive megaprojects involves would have a deep impact on life in the whole country. Could the crisis of the accumulation model open a period for a greater “environmentalization” of social movements?
March 18, 2016

¡El Buen Vivir es para todos y todas, o no lo es!

Entrevista con Alberto Acosta, economista y político ecuatoriano. Por Felipe Milanez.*
January 14, 2016

A Portrait of Human and Environmental Devastation — Stop the Invisibilization!!! Petition

Petition in solidarity with the afro-ecuadorian ancestral community of La Chiquita and the Awá indigenous community of Guadalito versus two oil palm companies of the San Lorenzo Cantón, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador.*
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