Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

by Vasilis Kostakis* Alternative technological systems could develop through the confluence of digital commons, peer-to-peer relations and local manufacturing capacity - but we need the integration of a political ecology perspective to face and overcome the challenges this transition implies Humans do not control modern technology: the technological system has colonized their imagination and it … Continue reading Are there alternative trajectories of technological development? A political ecology perspective

Commons and Contradictions: The Political Ecology of Elinor Ostrom

By Derek Wall* Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009 for her work on the commons.  Her work is hugely inspiring but difficult to fit into established categorized. Some political ecologists have criticized her as too conservative or managerial. Here, I will attempt here to outline why, despite these criticisms, I … Continue reading Commons and Contradictions: The Political Ecology of Elinor Ostrom

(Un)Thinking Science: A critical call for conscious practical work

by Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare* The politics of “who, where, what, why and how” we do scholarship are critical and foundational concerns for doing what Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare describes as an (un)thinking of science.     In today’s world, scientific knowledge producers are significantly implicated in neoliberal imaginaries and certain concomitant processes of knowledge production. These constructed ways … Continue reading (Un)Thinking Science: A critical call for conscious practical work

Ende Gelände: Exposing the climate hypocrisy of Western European democracies

By Jens Friis Lund, Jevgeniy Bluwstein, Adam Ronan and Rebecca Leigh Rutt* The climate justice platform Ende Gelände is at the forefront of European civil disobedience against widespread inaction in addressing climate change: it exposes political hypocrisy while forming a new generation of activists During the last days of August, we took part in some … Continue reading Ende Gelände: Exposing the climate hypocrisy of Western European democracies

Despacito, the crisis is sinking Puerto Rico

This summer’s hit, Despacito, soon to be the most streamed song in history, hides much more than what it says. Its celebratory attitude about Puerto Rico’s ‘paradisiac’ and ‘sexy’ geographies silences the many layers of oppression and violence that the oldest colony in the world has suffered historically, as well as the unprecedented crisis and … Continue reading Despacito, the crisis is sinking Puerto Rico

The Flint Water Crisis: quests for justice and mechanisms of suppression

By Jevgeniy Bluwstein and Rebecca Rutt* The Flint Water Crisis led to different forms of grassroots activism demanding political accountability, transparency and redress. Yet residents’ experiences, and their needs and demands in response to the crisis, were and continue to be suppressed in multiple ways. Since 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan, has been at … Continue reading The Flint Water Crisis: quests for justice and mechanisms of suppression

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 … Continue reading Saskia Sassen on extractive logics and geographies of expulsion

Not afraid of the ruins

Call for submissions for science fiction and utopian imaginaries The online magazine Uneven Earth just announced a launch of a new section dedicated to science-fiction and utopian imaginings and is looking for the first contributions! Utopian dreamers, other-worldly explorers and psychonautic adventurers, scholars, activists, students, and critics: we are officially inviting submissions for a new … Continue reading Not afraid of the ruins

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.   According to philosopher of science Bruno Latour, the rise of climate scepticism in public debates reflects the lack of political engagement from climate scientists. He argues that, having restrained themselves to a discourse of … Continue reading Climate politics in the long run

Limity jsme my! (We are the limits!) The first International Climate Camp in Czech Republic, Horní Jiřetín

Irina Velicu and Mikuláš Černík* Between 21st and 25th of June 2017, the first international Climate Camp organized in Czech Republic took place in Horní Jiřetín, a town of northern Bohemia. The initiators, a grassroots movement Limity jsme my, see themselves as part of the global struggles for climate justice, similar to other events such as Ende … Continue reading Limity jsme my! (We are the limits!) The first International Climate Camp in Czech Republic, Horní Jiřetín