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

(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

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

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

Patrick Bond: Climate justice movements need to hit Trump where it hurts most

By Ethemcan Turhan and Cem İskender Aydın * Political economist and climate justice expert Patrick Bond comments on the prospects for a progressive anti-capitalist agenda in the face of increasing alt-right populism, xenophobia, climate denialism and economic-political exceptionalism.  So we are back to square one: Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement in early June 2017 has … Continue reading Patrick Bond: Climate justice movements need to hit Trump where it hurts most

UniverSSE 2017: “From resisting (a world) to creating (a new one)”

By Bengi Akbulut * The 4th Congress of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)-Europe, UniverSSE, took place in Athens last month--with plenty of food for thought for political ecologists.  “We are experiencing the derailing of globalised neoliberalism”, read the framework of UniverSSE— a feeling shared by many political ecologists. And it … Continue reading UniverSSE 2017: “From resisting (a world) to creating (a new one)”

Weaponizing nature

By Patrick Bigger and Benjamin Neimark*  Military excursions into low carbon fuels is not a case of military greenwashing but rather one of ‘weaponizing nature’, an approach perpetuating an interventionist US foreign policy linked to environmental change. If we ever think about the military as environmental actor, it is most likely related to the damage … Continue reading Weaponizing nature

Thinkery on water, anti-privatization struggles and the commons

By Patrick Bresnihan * Throughout the globe a revolution is taking place as people organise to resist the privatisation of water. In a spirit of shared struggle against privatisation (in its many forms), on 23rd June a day-long 'Thinkery' at the University College Cork, Ireland, will explore differences in approach and attitude in anti-privatisation struggles … Continue reading Thinkery on water, anti-privatization struggles and the commons