The crises facing us today are political and ecological. Political, because they’re a result of the way our society is run, and can only be addressed by people coming together to do things differently. Ecological, because they are rooted in our failure to take care of, and understand, our home. Unfortunately, so much of the knowledge we’ve developed to understand the world isn’t accessible to most—it gets lost in thick academic language, much of which is never seen by the public. The science communicated in mainstream news outlets is often stripped of its political content—man-made disasters are ‘natural’, environmental degradation happens because there are ‘too many people’. And when social movements come up with concepts—environmental justice, degrowth, land grabbing—they rarely see the light of day, as their demands are sterilized by ‘objective’ reporters. When people look up these terms, a quick Google search rarely provides reliable information.
Resources for a better future
Uneven Earth is starting a new series: a glossary of crucial concepts in political ecology, alternative economics, and environmental justice. We are calling on experts and activists to help us put out easy-to-read, clear, and opinionated explainers of some of the most important issues. Anyone can write an entry, and we will help with editing to make them readable to wide audiences. The time is now to put forward concise definitions of key concepts, to explain our political position firmly and clearly.
How to submit
If you are interested in writing an entry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a brief description of your political position, and why you are well-placed to write this entry. Please indicate if you are able to translate your entry into another language. These articles will be published on a rolling basis, as such, there is no deadline for submission. We also encourage authors to stay in contact and update their entries over time.
Uneven Earth editors are unpaid, and while we are currently unable to provide funding or financial compensation for submissions, we are hoping to create the possibility for publication opportunities beyond the website in the future.
We suggest that each entry follows a common template. Aim for a maximum of 1,200 words. Start with a short definition, go on to explain the broader debate, briefly discuss a case study or relevant example, put forward a political position on the topic, including criticism and unresolved issues, and list further resources for interested readers, with a 1-sentence description of each article. Do not use difficult words without defining them. Do not use hyperlinks if you can avoid them. We encourage you to be creative.
Below is a list of suggested terms and concepts, but you are free to suggest your own.
List of possible entries
Politics / the political
Social cost of carbon
Traditional ecological knowledge
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