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.
Today, solar power merely fuels capitalism and imperialism. But drawing power from the sun is so radical it might transform that status quo.
“Ecohorror” films depict nature avenging itself on humans, revealing a common but wrong-headed hope: that nature can win, even if we do nothing.
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.
“The everyday ways that people challenge environmental destruction can be quite powerful.”
“What state and federal environmental regulatory agencies in the US have not yet done is reform the way agency staff make decisions.”
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
Farming and child-rearing seem natural, but they’re cultural. And like all cultural activities, generations disagree about how best to do them.
Many landowners view themselves as environmental stewards. But can the environment ever be protected within the frame of private property?
South African literature has long struggled to become drought-resistant: its plotlines, and even its paper production, presuppose abundant water.
Opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times. To recognize empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world.
What happens when thinking of soil as a living being and force, with whom the human world needs to repair and rebuild ties?
When an increasingly uncomfortable climate forces more of life indoors, who might be forced to bear the costs?
A storm is never just wind or rain. Our natural problems are social problems. The solutions to them must be social, too.
White South Africans used wildlife conservation to build a narrative as a race. Unfortunately, this pursuit came at the expense of Africans.
What should climate-change writing be? What is its ambition as it moves forward?
Environmental wisdom can arise from being a better reader.
Human bodies in deep water feel nature’s power and our own relative weakness. As seas rise, we should heed the swimmers.