Trajectories of ecologism
Revue Projet 375 (2020)
French journal ‘Revue Projet’ publishes a dossier on ecological thinking. Including articles on why catastrophism won’t save the planet, and how decolonization recasts the environmentalist project.
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Collapsology: In a brief summary of the long history of the end of the world, Pierre-Éric Sutter and Loïc Steffan discuss ‘collapsology’ — a growing area of ecological debate on catastrophism, widespread despair and the ‘prepper’ reaction. These compare with various ‘laboratories of civil society’ in which like-minded individuals, families and groups ‘get to grips with the earth’, adopting low-tech lifestyles predicated on ‘visions of a coming collapse of society and of worsening shortages’. Considering these different responses to ecological crisis, Sutter and Steffan argue for optimistic activism, outlining why a ‘change of world-view’ or moment of metanoia (reorientation of one’s way of life; spiritual conversion) may be the best path.
Decolonizing ecology: The decolonization agenda also applies to ecologism and environmentalism. In interview, political scientist Malcom Ferdinand explains the relationships between racism, colonialism and exploitative capitalism. By remodelling our collective colonial past, he argues, we can decolonize our misconceived — ‘doubly fractured’ — notion of what ecologism is, and fundamentally recast the environmentalist project.
This article was published in cooperation with CAIRN International Edition, translated and edited by Cadenza Academic Translations.
Published 14 April 2020
Original in English
Contributed by Revue Projet © EurozinePDF/PRINT
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