environment

The future is kids' stuff

Thinking climate futures through the image of the child and reproduction smuggles conservative assumptions into our understanding and forecloses utopian possibilities.

The invasion of waste – Miguel Amorós

Notes for a talk given in Valencia in May 2015 on the proliferation of waste treatment /disposal facilities, an aspect of “sustainable development” whose aim is to perpetuate an urbanized, consumerist way of life at the expense of the remaining traditional rural communities, a tendency that must be contested by a new kind of movement that will seek to bring about an “equilibrium” between rural and urban areas, first in a defensive struggle that enlists those who are “trapped in the conurbations” as well as those who live in the countryside, and then in an offensive struggle involving the “desertion” of the “stockyard-type” pseudo-cities and the resettlement of the depopulated countryside.

Fields ripe with calamity: a critique of Incredible Edible Todmorden - Wayne Spencer

A critique of a typical 'civil society' environmental group that aims at bring about social change without changing anything fundamental about the existing society.

This changes everything - Naomi Klein

In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care.

Klein vs Klein

Klein vs Klein

This Changes Everything is a book capacious enough to allow Naomi Klein two positions at once. But a real climate-justice movement will at some point have to make choices.

On top of a volcano - Jacques Philipponneau and René Riesel

This unabridged version of an article published in Le Monde on December 4, 2014 features reflections on the meaning of the recent wave of protests and riots that have swept France over the last year (2014) in response to accelerated industrial and commercial development projects, in the context of a worldwide environmental and social crisis, observing that “we are witnessing the birth of a conception of life that is hostile to the one that is imposed by domination”.

Killing for development - M.A.R.C.U.S.E. (Autonomous Movement for Critical Reflection for the Use of the Survivors of the Economy)

A brief analysis of the implications and broader significance of the ZAD movement in France (ZAD: Zones to Defend) in the wake of the killing of a demonstrator on October 26, 2014 who was protesting against the construction of a dam in southwest France.

Praise for ZAD - Some unfanatical zadophiles from Nantes, Grenoble, Carcassonne and other places

A brief encomium for the ZADs of France (ZAD: Zone to Defend), local organizations of anarchist-influenced anti-development activists fighting against construction projects (e.g., airports, dams, eco-tourism) that threaten to destroy communities, ways of life and nature, written and distributed after the French riot police killed a demonstrator on October 26, 2014 in Sivens who was protesting against a massive dam project.

A cyborg manifesto: science, technology and socialist feminism in the late 20th century - Donna Haraway

A cyborg manifesto - Donna Haraway

Biologist and socialist feminist Donna Haraway's influential 1983 essay suggesting the cyborg as a figure to get past rigid distinctions between nature, culture, and technology.

The UN climate talks - a series of last chances

"Politicians Discuss Global Warming", sculpture by Issac Cordal, Berlin

A brief primer on the ongoing UN climate talks, as delegates meet in Lima.