Processing of local rice by a women’s cooperative in Dioro, Mali. Photo: FAO/Michela Paganini, via GRAIN
Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: things you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental and social justice, cities, science fiction, current events, and political theory.
We try to include articles that have been published recently but will last, that are relatively light and inspiring, and are from corners of the web that don’t always get the light of day. This will also be a space to keep you up to date with news about what’s happening at Uneven Earth.
We are back with a new list of readings! In July, we collected articles on Brazil under Bolsonaro, global land conflicts and the Plantationocene, agro-ecology and food politics, the fall of the discipline of economics, and activist academia. As usual, you’ll find plenty of material on new politics, radical municipalism, degrowth and the Green New Deal, and plastics and waste; and we’re featuring some good reads on utopia, sci-fi, and the apocalypse. We also launched an exciting new project we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while:
Resources for a better future, a glossary aimed at making the tools needed to build a just and ecological society accessible to people outside of academic and activist circles.
Uneven Earth updates
Resources for a better future. We launched a new series! We’re looking for people to write easy-to-read, clear, and opinionated entries defining some of the most important concepts in political ecology, alternative economics, and environmental justice.
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Link | ‘Fuck, he can do this every single day. Why the fuck does he have to do it? What are we going to do? There’s no point in rushing like this and trying to save him each time he gets into a dark mood’, Ivan said, looking out of the taxi window.
Redwashing capital |
Link | Left tech bros are honing Marx into a capitalist tool
Top 5 articles to read
Indigenous maize: who owns the rights to Mexico’s ‘wonder’ plant?
The dark side of renewable energy
Five myths about Chernobyl, and, related: Radiation in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says
101 notes on the LA Tenants Union
Food sovereignty is Africa’s only solution to climate chaos
News you might’ve missed
Why a fight to protect a volcano sacred to Native Hawaiians is our fight and Mauna Kea day 7 – crowd swells into the thousands
Hundreds of thousands demand Puerto Rico’s governor resign
Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the world, gives the world a master class on mobilization
Why ocean acidification could make some geoengineering schemes irrelevant
Planting ‘billions of trees’ isn’t going to stop climate change
One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns. Countries in the Global South must prepare now for profound impact.
In Somalia, the climate emergency is already here. The world cannot ignore it. Increasingly severe and frequent droughts are threatening the lives of millions of Somalis.
Starvation deaths of 200 reindeer in Arctic caused by climate crisis, say researchers. Comparable death toll has been recorded only once before.
‘Protesters as terrorists’: growing number of US states turn anti-pipeline activism into a crime
Bolsanaro stands by as 20,000 miners invade the Yanomami Amazon Reserve
Brazil: Amazon state’s new law enables land thieves, critics say
Amazon gold miners invade indigenous village in Brazil after its leader is killed
‘He wants to destroy us’: Bolsonaro poses gravest threat in decades, Amazon tribes say
Global land conflicts and the Plantationocene
Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing reflect on the Plantationocene
Heart of Ecuador’s Yasuni, home to uncontacted tribes, opens for oil drilling
Two groups of Cambodian villagers protest over land disputes
Cameroon’s palm oil of discontent
Report implicates Gov’t officials in massive land grabs
The World Bank lending strategy must aim to place people above profit
Central Africa’s rainforests and people suffering from the expansion of palm oil and rubber plantations
Land, environmental activist killings surge in Guatemala: report
Agro-ecology and food politics
Monica White on food justice in the past, present, future
Putting pigs in the shade: the radical farming system banking on trees
Landscape with beavers
How we can change our food systems: Integrated Food Policy
Venezuelan food houses: a last trench against US blockade
Dalit identity and food – memories of trauma on a plate
Agroecology as innovation and Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition
Our veggie gardens won’t feed us in a real crisis
Where we’re at: analysis
Dancing with grief
Political scenarios for climate disaster
On flooding: drowning the culture in sameness
AI applications, chips, deep tech, and geopolitics in 2019: The stakes have never been higher
The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be prescient
5 myths about global poverty
Just think about it…
The philosophy of low-tech: a conversation with Kris De Decker
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Gardening games are blossoming in turbulent times
When ancient DNA gets politicized
‘Climate despair’ is making people give up on life
Farmers’ markets have new unwelcome guests: fascists
We should never have called it Earth
Elephants’ diets help forests to thrive… and store more carbon
We can’t expand airports after declaring a climate emergency. Related: Seven strategies for the degrowth of aviation and To fly or not to fly? The environmental cost of air travel
Turn on, tune in, rise up
What role do cooperatives and the “solidarity economy” play in class struggle?
Ecological politics for the working class
Shifting ownership for the energy transition in the Green New Deal: a transatlantic proposal
The tactics Hong Kong protesters use to fortify the front lines
In the age of extinction, who is extreme? A response to Policy Exchange in defense of Extinction Rebellion
Remembering the Chipko movement: the women-led Indigenous stuggle
Why suburbia sucks
Cities are beginning to own up to the climate impacts of what they consume
The problem with community land trusts
Yesterday’s tomorrow today: what we can learn from past urban visions
Finding the future in radical rural America
I’m an engineer, and I’m not buying into ‘smart’ cities
Berlin buys 670 flats on Karl-Marx-Allee from private owner and The causes and consequences of Berlin’s rapid gentrification
Degrowth and the Green New Deal
Greenwashing the status quo: ‘European green deal’ falls woefully short of what’s needed
Decoupling is dead! Long live degrowth! Also see Decoupling debunked – Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability and The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability
Plastics and waste
The plastic industry’s fight to keep polluting the world
What you think about landfill and recycling is probably totally wrong
‘The odour of burning wakes us’: inside the Philippines’ Plastic City
Utopia, sci-fi, and the apocalypse
Optimize what? How techno-solutionism begins in the classrooms where computer science is taught
Ursula K. Le Guin’s revolutions
In Tim Maughan’s dystopian novel, the web is dead
Like mechanization, AI will make us richer. But it may not help workers.
The fall of the discipline of economics
The tragedy of the tragedy of the commons
The quiet realization of Ivan Illich’s ideas in the contemporary commons movement
The myth of the tragedy of the commons
The fall of the economists’ empire
Eight principles of a new economics for the people of a living Earth
Why we need a more activist academy
What it’s like to be a woman in the academy
Why ‘open science’ is actually pretty good politics
Essential books on Marxism and ecology
Green New Deals – the degrowth perspective. A compilation of articles on the Green New Deal from a degrowth framework—many of which have been featured in this newsletter already.
The 2019 Atlas of Utopias. A global gallery of inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy, food systems and housing.
Decolonising the economy. A new ourEconomy series focusing on the global economy and global justice.
This newsletter is put together by Anna Biren ( @annacbrn ), Rut Elliot Blomqvist ( @RutElliotB ), Joanna Pope ( @DegrowthMemes ), and Aaron Vansintjan ( @a_vansi ). Want to receive this as a newsletter in your inbox? Subscribe . here