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)”

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

Struggles over urban greenspace in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Reconnecting ecology and democracy

The story of how a small group of neighbors in the suburbs of San Juan, Puerto Rico, came together to beautify their neighbourhood and restore a small remnant of forest by planting trees; and how in the process of their struggle, they become ‘politicized’ and integrated into a larger movement challenging the political economy of urban … Continue reading Struggles over urban greenspace in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Reconnecting ecology and democracy

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

A short history of the enclosures in Ethiopia

By tracing the history of enclosures in Ethiopia we learn how common property was first turned into state property that now enables the transfer of land to private investors. Such historical political ecological analysis can help civil society organisations learn from past social struggles against the enclosures and for the commons.* The 2007/08 financial crisis, … Continue reading A short history of the enclosures in Ethiopia

Struggling for land and water: resistances to tree plantations in Southern Chile

Different strategies to contest forestry extractivism in Chile show the complexity of these conflicts, with an overlap of present and historical political issues at different levels.* Tree plantations: old and new forms of dispossession Tree plantations are monocultures of a single tree species, typically fast growing species such as eucalypts, poplars, acacias and pines, designed to supply external markets … Continue reading Struggling for land and water: resistances to tree plantations in Southern Chile

Political ecology syllabus for postgraduates

A political ecology syllabus for post-graduates, based on courses offered during ENTITLE, and designed for a taught course or for self-study, is now freely available online.  This post-graduate syllabus is the product of training events in political ecology, specifically summer schools and Special Intensive Courses (SIC) conducted within the ENTITLE FP7 Initial Training Network project. … Continue reading Political ecology syllabus for postgraduates

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

The road as a commons: An interview with James Longhurst, author of “Bike Battles” (2015)

As cyclists struggle to recover their space in the roads, conflicts involving bicycles are attracting more and more attention. Thinking of the road as a commons, as proposed by environmental historian James Longhurst in his new book Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, may give an entry point to a political ecology perspective.  James Longhurst, … Continue reading The road as a commons: An interview with James Longhurst, author of “Bike Battles” (2015)

The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!

An Interview with Vandana Shiva. By Ethemcan Turhan.* There is this fear of intellectual freedom because the old paradigm must be maintained to continue that project of colonising the earth, colonising people’s minds. The minute people are able to think for themselves, that project is over. Vandana Shiva is one of the leading thinkers today … Continue reading The Earth and the people are not inputs to your capitalist system, sorry sir!