by Dylan M. Harris The best stories about climate change are not about climate change. Rather, they are about small, particular, mundane events. They are personal and intimate. And they are grounded in specific locales. These 'small' stories show different ways of imagining, creating, and sustaining meaning in the face of climate change. As the … Continue reading A case for small climate stories
“Arrogant and short-sighted leadership; distracted people dancing on the boat; and poor preparation for the catastrophe”. Marco Armiero discusses three narratives of the Anthropocene and why the stories we tell are so important. In the end, it does not matter how well equipped or prepared the boat is; only mutiny can change its course. A mutiny, a … Continue reading The Titanic, a lifeboat, or the Bounty? Or why class still matters in the Anthropocene
By Stefania Barca* Any just transition to a green economy must take place on labor’s terms — not capital’s. Climate change must be stopped. But who will do the stopping? Who, in other words, could be the political subject of an anti-capitalist climate revolution? I am convinced this social agent could be, and indeed must … Continue reading Labor in the Age of Climate Change
An Interview with Vandana Shiva. By Ethemcan Turhan.* There is this fear of intellectual freedom because the old paradigm must be maintained to continue that project of colonising the earth, colonising people’s minds. The minute people are able to think for themselves, that project is over. Vandana Shiva is one of the leading thinkers today … Continue reading The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!
by Emanuele Leonardi* Market fundamentalism must be reversed if a politically sound solution to climate change is to be found. From this perspective, Cop 21 will not deliver. As expected, there was much talk about the ongoing Cop 21 in Paris. Most of it concentrated on the geopolitical dimension of climate negotiations: for example, Jason … Continue reading For a Critique of Carbon Trading Dogma
by Ethemcan Turhan* It is high time that political ecology problematizes the corporate show from the inside out and reclaims its well-deserved status in these meetings. It is an interesting feeling to be at a multilateral environmental conference that gathers 20.000 accredited participants, 6.000 police for security checks, 3.000 journalists and is told to be … Continue reading “At least it is one step forward”: A dispatch from COP21
by Noel Castree* When political leaders meet in Paris this week they will continue to mischaracterise the challenge posed by global environmental change. We need a mental revolution in all walks of life to address the ‘knowledge-action gap’. Human activity is changing our planet in ways that our ancestors would have thought impossible. Not only are … Continue reading New thinking for a new Earth
This workshop will explore the changing political economy and ecology of resource extraction, interrogating the financialization of old and new commodities, and the changing politics of extraction, in agriculture and the mining sector, especially in Latin America. Organisers Rosaleen Duffy is Professor of Political Ecology of Development, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London. firstname.lastname@example.org … Continue reading ENTITLE workshop on ‘Political ecologies of resource and rent extraction’.
By Joan Martinez Alier* Naomi Klein’s new book, This changes everything. Capitalism vs the Climate (Allen Lane, London, 2014), puts climate change at the centre of politics. She makes the connection (local-global) with movements everywhere against oil, coal and gas extraction; one could add movements in Brazil and elsewhere against deforestation. “Whether or not climate change has … Continue reading A powerful call from Naomi Klein for a global movement for climate justice