You want to read something different.
You know our era is one of great degradation of what we call “the environment”. And you know there are people in the world trying to live differently, but you struggle to find the time or energy to join them, in between life’s many obligations. You feel overstimulated, disconnected, and discouraged. It’s hard to know where to begin.
Uneven Earth takes a political stance on today’s crises. We uncover the other half that’s never been told, and we tell stories about change and viable alternatives. Working against the grain of fast, hyperactive media, we publish long-lasting, thought-provoking, and accessible analyses.
We see environmental issues as connected to political and social issues. Apolitical stories about ecological degradation and climate crisis—stories that don’t highlight how politics are always part of environmental issues—often support the interests of powerful groups of people. To instead tell political stories is to build knowledge through the experiences of the people and communities who are fighting for a fair social-ecological world. We tell these stories to lift up unheard voices—the voices of peasants, Indigenous peoples, precarious workers, landless people, and all others whose stories are silenced in the mainstream.
We reject stories that blame individual human beings and local communities for problems that are caused by political power. We reject techno-fixes—technological “solutions” developed by the same groups of people that are responsible for ecological degradation and climate change, and that mainly benefit those groups. But we also aren’t afraid of proposing visionary alternatives to address these crises. We can criticize the present endlessly—the point, however, is to change it. This means celebrating victories, building new narratives, and putting forward bold policies.
It’s no secret that most media sources publish news that is all-too-often decontextualized, diffused at light speed through hyperactive social media and often guided by the interests of investors and advertisers. Most media outlets are focused on producing as much as they can get out of journalists to draw in the greatest amount of readers. In contrast, we seek to practice ‘slow media’, which entails an emphasis on personal narratives and thoughtful, detailed approaches to complex topics. On this front, we drew inspiration from feminist slow scholarship and degrowth movements. ‘Slow media’ means that writers and editors don’t burn out, readers aren’t over-burdened by information, and the articles we publish are considered, thought-out, and accessible.
The website is run by volunteer university researchers and activists who often feel frustrated by academic jargon. We seek to offer clear analyses of complex issues that otherwise tend to stay confined to academic conferences and peer-reviewed journals, blocked out by an illegitimate paywall. We encourage citizen journalism, personal narratives, and local stories. We seek to amplify diverse voices in order to publish stories that often remain unheard. We also want to make our articles available in many languages, and encourage contributors to work in the language they feel most comfortable in.
What we do
Interviews – An interview of someone whose work, experiences, or viewpoints ought to be shared with the world.
Essays – Short explanations of a specific issue, relying on personal experience, news analysis, or theory, while remaining accessible to a wider audience.
Stories from the field – A space for people who are doing work that doesn’t really get heard about–be they academics or activists. This is a way to share findings and experiences in a personal, narrative way.
Not afraid of the ruins – A collaborative writing project dedicated to science fiction, climate fiction, and utopian imaginings.
Resources for a better future – A glossary of crucial concepts in political ecology, alternative economics, and environmental justice.
Uneven Earth Press – We’ve started a press. Please contact us for any inquiries, or if you’d like to publish your next book with us.
Monthly reading list – A regular reading list featuring important articles about environmental issues and new politics. Sign up here.
Rut Elliot Blomqvist
Diana Vela Almeida
Daniel Horen Greenford
And thanks to Simon Vansintjan for web design and maintenance
For any inquiries, requests, or concerns please contact us at info[at]unevenearth.org.
For information about how to submit a piece, click here.