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

The challenges of doing engaged research

By Remy Franklin* How can we make our research relevant while navigating the politics of scientific neutrality? Reflections on the ethical and methodological messiness of practicing engaged geography. It was a morning in early May when I opened my computer to find an email back from the Institutional Review Board providing comments on my application … Continue reading The challenges of doing engaged research

A political ecology of EU energy infrastructure: The Shannon LNG Terminal in Ireland

By Patrick Bresnihan* Insights from the development of a Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal in Ireland illustrate how energy provision is always embedded in wider networks, which connect geographies, finance, state and private interests. Opposition must not just focus on the point of extraction, but on the wider political and economic relationships that enable certain forms … Continue reading A political ecology of EU energy infrastructure: The Shannon LNG Terminal in Ireland

Energy struggles: combating energy poverty in Catalonia

A diverse range of social and environmental collectives have come together in the past few years in Barcelona to form the Alliance Against Energy Poverty, successfully mobilising and fighting to stop energy and water cuts for families unable to pay their bills.* Household access to energy and water remains an urgent issue for well over … Continue reading Energy struggles: combating energy poverty in Catalonia

‘Green’ development and democracy? Hydropower in Northeast India

Hydropower projects, disguised and depoliticized as green and sustainable, are being imposed as a development solution across the Himalayas. The dam conflicts presented here illustrate how civil society groups have become political actors, rising up against assaults on democracy.* Source: NHPC. Climate change has set an imperative for economies around the world to revise their … Continue reading ‘Green’ development and democracy? Hydropower in Northeast India

The other Balkan route

A group of 'kayaktvists' from all over Europe recently paddled 390 km of Balkan rivers, in an exciting and creative expression of protest against the looming 'dam tsunami' on the peninsula.  Six countries, 23 rivers, 390 river kilometres: on Friday, May 14, a very unique activity ended in the Albanian capital of Tirana – the … Continue reading The other Balkan route

Stop state-mediated violence in the name of green energy!

A handful of anti-dam activists were recently killed in remote Northeast India. A worldwide wave of state-mediated violence against anti-hydro protesters also brings up larger questions about these supposedly green and clean ‘development projects’. Two months after the highly publicized murder of renowned indigenous environmental activist and Goldman Prize winner Berta Caceres, who fought against … Continue reading Stop state-mediated violence in the name of green energy!

Letter from the Munduruku in the Brazilian Amazon

"We Munduruku, descendants of our ancestors, who survived and still survive these days, are still subjected to genocide. Without the land rights that guarantee our survival, we are left with only the right to die. Our blood shed on this sacred land cries out for justice until the new millennium." The international conference 'Undisciplined Environments' organized … Continue reading Letter from the Munduruku in the Brazilian Amazon

The last days of Tua

A large dam is under construction in Portugal's Alto Douro Wine Region UNESCO World Heritage site. Local movements call to stop the dam and safeguard this patrimony #‎savetua‬ #savetua http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWtNFZsX2c Very soon, hundreds of hectares of farmland, one of Europe’s finest rivers for mountain and white water sports and one of the continent’s oldest railway lines will … Continue reading The last days of Tua

¡El Buen Vivir es para todos y todas, o no lo es!

Entrevista con Alberto Acosta, economista y político ecuatoriano. Por Felipe Milanez.* Alberto Acosta ha publicado en Brasil este año la traducción del libro "El Buen Vivir". En esta entrevista, hecho por e-mail, el intelectual ecuatoriano desarrolla una reflexión sobre la actual crisis por la que pasan los gobiernos progresista en América del Sur. La relación … Continue reading ¡El Buen Vivir es para todos y todas, o no lo es!