Saturday, 5 February 2022 — Uneven Earth
On animal rights, green gaslighting, and climate reparations
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.
This month, we are thinking about animal rights. Many of us know that industrial, for-profit animal agriculture must end—but is eating animals, or animal byproducts, inherently wrong, and how do we organize for supporting animals? And what about ecosystem rights, versus animal rights in particular? We feature several articles on different sides of the debate, including those from feminist socialist, Indigenous, social ecology, and Global South perspectives.
We also saw many articles about what Uneven Earth editor Vijay Kolinjivadi calls green gaslighting in an essay for Al Jazeera: ““climate solutions” that protect, if not boost, profits of big corporations are deployed and presented as the only way to combat climate change.” Finally, there has been some excellent discussion on climate reparations and what a truly global Green New Deal would look like.
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Uneven Earth updates
Exciting news from Uneven Earth: we have had our first ever Annual General Assembly, approved our new constitution, and are on the way to becoming a non-profit registered in Germany. Stay tuned: we’ll have some more big announcements in the coming months.
Top 5 articles to read
The fight for reparations cannot ignore climate change. Racial redress should be modeled on the global anticolonial tradition of worldbuilding, says Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò.
Why climate justice must go beyond borders. Harsha Walia on why we need a truly internationalist alternative.
If the desert was green. Mass tree-planting programs in the desert often cause lasting damage to the ecosystems they are purportedly trying to repair.
Re-learning the past to re-imagine the future. In his new book, Modibo Kadalie examines the convergence of maroon and Indigenous cultures in the US and rediscovers a lost history of intimate direct democracy.
Keeping the world alive and healthy: The radical realism of the “forces of reproduction”. An interview with Stefania Barca.
News you might’ve missed
How a married undercover cop having sex with activists killed a climate movement. Mark Kennedy spent seven years pretending to be a climate activist. People he deceived are still rebuilding their lives.
Cities under water. An incredible photo essay on the places in the world at risk from sea-level rise.
Our animals, ourselves. The socialist feminist case for animal liberation.
Oh friends, the forest burns. Does friendship between human communities and with the more-than-human realm offer a way forward in an age of climate crises and racial nationalisms?
Beings seen and unseen. Amitav Ghosh on decentering human narratives and re-centering stories of the land.
Resisting greenwashing in the Naqab. Israel’s relentless land theft as conservation is bringing Palestinians closer together.
Esta todo incendiado. A conversation on the anti-mining struggle in Argentina.
Solidarity with anti-mine struggle in Sweden. Plans for new iron ore mine in Gállok, Sweden, threaten Indigenous rights and the environment.
Where we’re at: analysis
There is nothing past about historical land injustice. Kenya still faces intractable land problems, including unequal concentration of land in the hands of the wealthy, land grabbing, landlessness, and unresolved historical land injustices.
Same old. What is the point of imagining new technologies without new ways of living?
Just think about it…
Economics is once again becoming a worldly science. After generations of ‘blackboard economics’, Berkeley and MIT are leading a return to economics that studies the real world.
Sci-fi and storytelling
What good can dreaming do? Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven reminds us of the radical power of collective imagination.
Can science fiction wake us up to our climate reality? Kim Stanley Robinson’s novels envision the dire problems of the future—but also their solutions.
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