Agroecología: ¿institucionalizando la alternativa?

By Inés Morales Bernardos, Jon Sanz Landaluze y Marian Simón Rojo* La irrupción de las candidaturas populares, alimentadas por gentes de los movimientos sociales, ha abierto en el movimiento agroecológico nuevas perspectivas de interacción con las instituciones. No veremos una revuelta del pan en nuestras calles. Ser parte, incluso como convidado modesto, del “club de … Continue reading Agroecología: ¿institucionalizando la alternativa?

Encountering Arturo Escobar

By Isabella M. Radhuber* Workshops were recently held in Barcelona with Arturo Escobar to discuss two of his key texts. Isabella shares some important reflections on the social and political role of researchers, what it means to place oneself as an academic and how we, more broadly, understand and relate with the world. I felt … Continue reading Encountering Arturo Escobar

Naming the radical movement for alternative economics: D.E.growth

By Miklós Antal* How can we create a positive attitude towards alternative economic directions while keeping the advantages of the concept of degrowth? In a recent article with Stefan Drews in the journal Ecological Economics, we discussed why degrowth might be an unfortunate name and slogan for the alternative economics movement. We listed several expressions … Continue reading Naming the radical movement for alternative economics: D.E.growth

Accelerationism… and degrowth? Strange bedfellows for today’s left

By Aaron Vansintjan* Proponents of degrowth and accelerationism will likely be found in the same room for decades to come. Despite their opposite ‘branding’, they should probably talk; they have a lot to learn from each other. For the past little while I’ve been involved with a group in Barcelona, which studies and advocates ‘degrowth’: … Continue reading Accelerationism… and degrowth? Strange bedfellows for today’s left

Tensions and utopias: Bolivian environmental politics under Evo Morales

By Anna Kaijser* Capitalist ‘culture of death’ vs. an alternative ‘culture of life’? Recent environmental politics in Bolivia manifest contradictory tendencies and the entanglement of environmental matters with issues of territory, natural resources and national identity. MAS and the politics for living well In December 2009, at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference - December 2009 (COP15) the Bolivian president … Continue reading Tensions and utopias: Bolivian environmental politics under Evo Morales

Rosia Montana’s movement for democratic justice

Rosia Montana is a small village in Transylvania, Romania, where, for the last fourteen years, a Canadian corporation has been pushing for the development of what would be the largest open cast cyanide-use gold mine in Europe. In the 1990s, Rosia Montana was declared mono-industrial, not allowing for any other form of business than mining … Continue reading Rosia Montana’s movement for democratic justice

Campania grassroots movements: lessons from 15 years of environmental struggle

Social mobilizations in Campania are changing the political, economic, cultural and ecological landscapes of the region. Their strategies and practices draw a path of resistance and reappropriation that can inspire environmental movements in Italy and elsewhere. The 15 year-long grassroots mobilizations, which emerged in reaction to waste (mis)management and illegal disposal in the Campania region of Southern Italy, represent … Continue reading Campania grassroots movements: lessons from 15 years of environmental struggle

Reclaiming democracy through alternative food economies

How can agrifood alternatives become part of activist strategies, which embody a politics of extending conflict and social struggle to confront the capital-state nexus, rather than just aiming at building difference or autonomy in the cracks of capitalism? Alternative agrifood movements such as organic farming, fair trade, slow food, community-supported agriculture, and local food networks have proliferated since … Continue reading Reclaiming democracy through alternative food economies

Political ecologies of enclosures and commoning in Mexico’s forests

The experience of Mexico, a global pioneer in community forestry, highlights the possibilities and challenges of commons as alternative forms of more just and sustainable socio-ecological regimes.* The experience of community forestry in Mexico, a global pioneer in common property arrangements in forest regions, highlights the possibilities of commoning as alternative forms of social organization, economic production … Continue reading Political ecologies of enclosures and commoning in Mexico’s forests

Libre acceso: Ecología Política nº49 (2015) – Soberanía Local

Se ha liberado el acceso a la revista Ecología Política nº49 (2015), dedicado a la soberanía local.  EDITORIAL Por Santiago Gorostiza, Joan Martínez Alier y Ignasi Puig “Mucha gente pequeña, en lugares pequeños, haciendo cosas pequeñas, puede cambiar el mundo.” Eduardo Galeano A finales de la década de 1970, perseguido en Uruguay y Argentina, Eduardo Galeano … Continue reading Libre acceso: Ecología Política nº49 (2015) – Soberanía Local