How can we use blockchain for an eco-socialist transformation?

By Defne Gonenc There is a lot of excitement about blockchain among technology professionals. It is also celebrated by many for bringing more transparency to supply chains and promoting decentralized governance. However, can blockchain do more than this? Can this technology potentially open the door for a complete eco-socialist transformation? Yes, but how? Time for … Continue reading How can we use blockchain for an eco-socialist transformation?

Between drought and monsoon: the embodied hardship of seasonal work in Maharashtra’s sugar cane plantations

by Irene Leonardelli At the end of a too-long, extremely dry summer, rural women from the drought-prone district of Beed, Maharashtra, finally return home, after six months of seasonal employment in sugar cane plantations. Encountering them allows me to reflect on experiences of drought and monsoon and on the embodied implications of environmental and agrarian … Continue reading Between drought and monsoon: the embodied hardship of seasonal work in Maharashtra’s sugar cane plantations

Pupils at the forefront: the school-work interchange on climate change between university and high school in Naples

by Maria Federica Palestino, Simona Quagliano and Elena Vetromile In the wake of the Fridays for Future movement, students are taking the lead in stirring change towards climate change adaptation & mitigation. This is a short account of a project in Naples that put students' aspirations, questions and demands at center stage.  On June 5th, … Continue reading Pupils at the forefront: the school-work interchange on climate change between university and high school in Naples

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ was about ecomodernism

By Chris Giotitsas & Vasilis Kostakis Game of Thrones was arguably about climate change, but the HBO series turned this narrative around by presenting a last-minute technological solution as magically saving the day, the planet, and existence.  !!! SPOILERS AHEAD !!! Game of Thrones was arguably about climate change. George RR Martin himself confirmed that it is … Continue reading Why ‘Game of Thrones’ was about ecomodernism

What is “good practice” in academia?

The junior researchers 'good practice' guide, tries to offer an answer. It includes a discussion of the challenges junior academics face and various proposals for how to (collectively) address them. How precarious is the junior researcher? How is precariousness affecting the health of "junior" academics? How can we balance project and individual work, manage our workload … Continue reading What is “good practice” in academia?

Open letter to the President of Colombia denouncing threats and murder of social leaders // Carta abierta al Presidente de Colombia denunciando amenazas y asesinatos a lideres sociales

In an open letter to the Colombian president, national and international academics denounce an escalation of threats, judicial persecution and assassinations of social leaders in the country and ask him to take to take bold actions and open a profound, transparent and world-facing investigation to stop this violence. [Español] En una carta abierta al presidente … Continue reading Open letter to the President of Colombia denouncing threats and murder of social leaders // Carta abierta al Presidente de Colombia denunciando amenazas y asesinatos a lideres sociales

Environmentalism is not a metaphor

By Remy Bargout Environmentalists live under a growing and yet age-old illusion that the mainstream movement has gained a critical mass, or unstoppable momentum that ‘now, consumer society, world leaders, and the capitalist system must reckon with’. In reality, the mainstream movement does not speak to power, but actually exerts it. Elite environmentalism is a … Continue reading Environmentalism is not a metaphor

Statement of the Encounter of Critical and Autonomous Geographies of Latin America // Pronunciamiento del Encuentro de Geografías Críticas y Autónomas de América Latina

From April 5 to 9, critical and autonomous geographers from Latin America met in Quito and Sucumbíos, Ecuador at the "Encounter of Critical and Autonomous Geographies of Latin America", which brought together 20 collectives and people from 10 countries. This is the Statement elaborated during the meeting, which was read at the closing plenary of the … Continue reading Statement of the Encounter of Critical and Autonomous Geographies of Latin America // Pronunciamiento del Encuentro de Geografías Críticas y Autónomas de América Latina

Traveling abroad to “save” the planet

By Laura Betancur Alarcón White savior complex, elite studies in the green Scandinavia and other millennial adventures. Can the political ecology approach shed light on the incongruities, flaws and political struggles behind “traveling abroad to save the world”? I am attending a sustainability class in one of the best universities in the world. A ‘privilege’ … Continue reading Traveling abroad to “save” the planet

A case for small climate stories

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