Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education.
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.
All of March and April, we’ve collected lots of articles on coronavirus. And we thought that, now, two months after the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic, is a good moment to reflect on where we are and take stock of where we are going. So, this reading list, we’re only featuring articles on coronavirus.
First, we’re highlighting guides and resources for how to organize during the crisis. Second, we highlight the political actions and movements that are responding to the crisis around the world. Third, we feature articles focusing on the wave of mutual aid that has emerged following the pandemic. We are also including analysis of what caused the pandemic. Other topics include: its effects in the Global South, the importance of care & care work, its impact on cities, degrowth as a key response to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, its effect on food systems, the emergence of eco-fascism in response, and analysis of what the world will look like after this all.
Uneven Earth updates
The only thing to last forever | An endless repetition had taken hold of the world
Where did coronavirus come from, and where will it take us? | An interview with Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu
Pandemic strike | Rob Wallace says we need new tactics to show that people’s lives matter more than profit
Exploring transformative change on the brink | In moments such as these, the landscape of possibility shifts. How can activists engage on the ground?
This pandemic IS ecological breakdown: different tempo, same song | Comparisons between the toll of COVID-19 and climate change are not helpful because they view each as two separate “things”
Our contributing editor Vijay Kolinjivadi also appeared on the podcast This Is Hell! to talk about his article.
Now is the time to end the climate emergency | Reading The Green New Deal and beyond in the middle of a global crisis
To organize in times of crisis, we need to connect the dots of global resistance against Imperialism | Moving beyond a politics of confusion towards Internationalism
When viruses shatter limits | Viruses are invisibly small, cause monumental pandemics, and force us to rethink our taxonomies
Top 5 articles to read
In light of the global pandemic, focus attention on the people. A 16-point list of demands from the International Assembly of the Peoples and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.
Guides, how-tos, and resources
Political actions and demands
What caused the pandemic?
Ten theses on farming and disease from Rob Wallace
The pandemic in the Global South
Thinking about the pandemic: analysis and theory
The coronation by Charles Eisenstein
Care during a pandemic
Asian American feminist antibodies. A zine that makes meaning of the coronavirus crisis through long-standing practices of care that come out of Asian American histories and politics.
Coronavirus and our cities
Growth, degrowth, and corona-crisis
Or, if you’re still confused, check out this handy online quiz: Is this degrowth?
How are food systems affected?
Eco-fascism and the pandemic
What the world will look like after coronavirus
What will the world be like after coronavirus? Four possible futures
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