The Internet – a case for political ecology?

By Annika Kettenburg The digital sphere is more than the playground of techno-optimism, eco-modernism and capitalist expansion. While in the mainstream it is portrayed as immaterial and unpolitical, the internet is the place where personal data becomes a commodity whose production and distribution exploits workers and nature. As informed citizens, we are all aware of … Continue reading The Internet – a case for political ecology?

Political ecologies of urban nature in Bogotá, Colombia

by Germán A. Quimbayo Ruiz In Bogotá, urban nature suffers from pressures for urban development, profit-making and corruption. But it has also been mobilised as a legitime vehicle in pursuit of a more just city-region. Bogotá is facing several environmental challenges, from air pollution and public transport to continuous pushes for profit-driven urban development, contested … Continue reading Political ecologies of urban nature in Bogotá, Colombia

Activist and Integrated: Madalina must stay in Italy! # Stand4Madalina

The estrangement of Madalina from Italy because of her activism is against the political participation of migrants and European citizenship. Madalina, a Romanian activist of Housing Rights Movements in Rome, has received an order of estrangement for 5 years from Italy. Authorities judge that her activism means she is 'not socially integrated'. A resistance campaign … Continue reading Activist and Integrated: Madalina must stay in Italy! # Stand4Madalina

Night of the Living ‘Things’: Zombie Archaeology

by Eric Fleischmann Capitalist societies produce more stuff than ever before but all these things are quickly discarded. Rubbish becomes part of topography and ecological systems, eventually returning to humans. When the remnants of our past return to us by themselves with a vengeance, this is zombie archaeology. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “archaeology” as … Continue reading Night of the Living ‘Things’: Zombie Archaeology

Urban forests, regeneration and conflicts: the case of Prati di Caprara in Bologna (Italy)

by Andrea Zinzani and Enrico Curzi An analysis of the socio-environmental conflict in the course of the regeneration process of Prati di Caprara in Bologna (Italy): how urban political ecology can help us framing the politics and nature of urban forests. At the end of November the first World Forum on Urban Forests, promoted by the … Continue reading Urban forests, regeneration and conflicts: the case of Prati di Caprara in Bologna (Italy)

Assembling a Movement for Real Democracy in Every Community – launch statement from Symbiosis

by Symbiosis Collective We live in daunting times. Even as decisive, radical action to halt ecological devastation is needed more than ever before, the world’s ruling classes plow ahead, enriching themselves at the expense of people and planet and preparing their fortresses to hold back the coming tides. Our calls to action are infused with … Continue reading Assembling a Movement for Real Democracy in Every Community – launch statement from Symbiosis

Who is guarding whom?

By Mihnea Tanasescu Does good environmentalism mean humans have to become guardians of nature? Triggered by her research in New Zealand, Mihnea Tanasescu reflects on this idea, which is so widespread as to go unnoticed. If you happen to visit the Wanganui  river or Te Urewera, the ancestral Tūhoe homeland in Aotearoa New Zealand’s North Island, you … Continue reading Who is guarding whom?