By Jonathan Coward* Warnings over climate change are often dressed in the language of apocalypse, but is well-intentioned alarmism having the required effect? “Suddenly there is an earthquake. Suddenly the sea floods the city, pouring down through the mouths into the corridors of council and institute and short-circuiting everything... How’s that for an ending?” “These … Continue reading How’s that for an ending? A political ecology of apocalypse
By Richard Bater* Snowpiercer, a 2013 science fiction film by Bong Joon-Ho, takes us on a post-apocalyptic train ride through Earth. In this blog post, Richard creatively refracts the plot of the film to consider several strands of political thought concerning the anthropocene and human-environment relations. Jean-Marc Rochette, a French illustrator and comics creator, wrote … Continue reading Tyrannocene, Carnival, Earth
By Marc Herbst* A reflection on how meaning is organised in relation to objects gathered at recent climate events. Or, how things stay in motion until the system changes. Ultimately, it was because the interior of the Paris COP21 Summit’s conference hall looked similar to the train I’d arrived on that it took quite a … Continue reading An archive of motion: how objects find their meaning
By Stefania Barca* Any just transition to a green economy must take place on labor’s terms — not capital’s. Climate change must be stopped. But who will do the stopping? Who, in other words, could be the political subject of an anti-capitalist climate revolution? I am convinced this social agent could be, and indeed must … Continue reading Labor in the Age of Climate Change
Fernando Tormos offers a look inside the advocacy and activist efforts of the transnational environmental movement at COP21, reflecting on different forms of diversity within the movement.
By Aaron Vansintjan* Like ‘sustainability’, ‘development’, ‘natural’, or ‘green’, the term is so vague that it can be used by anyone, whether they want to challenge the powers that be, just want to make a quick buck, or score a research grant. While the term can be used to support arguments for action on climate … Continue reading The Anthropocene debate: Why is such a useful concept starting to fall apart?
By Joan Martinez Alier* Naomi Klein’s new book, This changes everything. Capitalism vs the Climate (Allen Lane, London, 2014), puts climate change at the centre of politics. She makes the connection (local-global) with movements everywhere against oil, coal and gas extraction; one could add movements in Brazil and elsewhere against deforestation. “Whether or not climate change has … Continue reading A powerful call from Naomi Klein for a global movement for climate justice