“The human capacity for oxymoronic optimism will literally take your breath away if you’re among the millions living downwind from the dumps.”
Tag: Climate Change
Is there a path for living that acknowledges, and allows us to start from, our careful attachments in order to connect with others in politically productive ways?
Our scorching planetary age results from the conjoined forces of colonial extractivism, fossil capitalism, and postcolonial developmentalism.
As the planet warms, environmental destruction obliges us to revise the technoscience expertise and institutions once based on colonial legacies.
“You cannot divorce domestic empire from international empire. Those histories created one another.”
Today, solar power merely fuels capitalism and imperialism. But drawing power from the sun is so radical it might transform that status quo.
How did capitalism waste the crucial decades when climate change could have been halted? By fixating on—and downplaying—“risk.”
Three new poetry collections depart on a cosmic journey to reckon with ecology and our relations to a suffering earth.
“What would it mean to create a sanctuary for all?”
“What is the range of available measures to address our catastrophic future?”
“Ecohorror” films depict nature avenging itself on humans, revealing a common but wrong-headed hope: that nature can win, even if we do nothing.
“We need food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare, but we deserve that unquantifiable, experiential thing that is education, culture, leisure, beauty, nature.”
Novelist Jesmyn Ward is known for historical grandiosity, but her long-overlooked book “Sing, Unburied, Sing” turns away from realism into the realm of generic strangeness.
Unlike us today, the Victorians who discovered this stone forest were less afraid of the future than they were of forgetting the past.
Amid this turbulent present, can poetry call attention to creative forms of survival and persistence, human and nonhuman?
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
Once, radical artists and thinkers shook up conservatives. Now, it’s the right gleefully transgressing a “moralizing” left. What happened?
"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
Digital tech cannot stop climate change merely by “greening” individual consumption.
Energy sources shape, rather than simply serve, our social and cultural imaginaries. Recognizing this poses a different set of challenges for how we might contend with our current planetary emergency.