Wed 4.29.15 | Going to Waste

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Prodigious amounts of usable and edible waste are produced by commercial enterprises. They, and the capitalist system, try to keep that waste out of public view. Alex Barnard and Marie Mourad discuss the politics of waste and describe efforts, by freegans and Disco Soupe and others, to recover and reclaim and, in some cases, live off of waste.

Tues 4.28.15 | Heidegger, the Personal, and the Political

Peter Cannavò and Joseph H. Lane Jr., eds., Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Cannon MIT Press, 2014

Environmental Philosophy



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We often act in isolation, or feel like we do. According to Scott Cameron, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger emphasized the social meaning and significance of individual actions. Cameron uses Heidegger to evaluate personal conduct in relation to, among other things, climate change. And Peter Cannavò discusses the volume to which Cameron contributed.

Mon 4.27.15 | No Alternative?

Richard Swift, S.O.S. Alternatives to Capitalism New Internationalist, 2014






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Since the global financial crisis, capitalism has been seen as the culprit for so many of the world's woes, from inequality to the destruction of the environment. Yet no other system appears to be viable. But is that in fact the case? Journalist Richard Swift assesses anarchism, state socialism, social democracy, and the left turn in Latin America. He makes the case for eco-socialism and degrowth.

Wed 4.22.15 | Beyond Autonomy; Toward Mothering; Remembering Galeano

The Radical Imagination Project and Festival

Ardath Whynacht

Eduardo Galeano, Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, transl. by Mark Fried, Nation Books, 2013


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At the Radical Imagination Festival, Ardath Whynacht asked attendees to consider what trauma-informed social justice might look like; she also contested many radicals' emphasis on autonomy. Andrea Smith spoke about the importance of incorporating mothering into political thinking and struggle. And we remember the great Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, who died last week.

Tues 4.21.15 | African Americans and the Environment

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Why are African Americans missing from our collective imagery of the environment and environmentalism?  Cultural geographer Carolyn Finney discusses both the history of African Americans and nature -- as it's defined in the United States -- and the history of African American environmentalism, separating myth from fact.

Mon 4.20.15 | Failing to Stop Global Warming

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The effects of global warming are not just waiting for us in the future, but are here already in the form of droughts, superstorms, fires, and other types of extreme weather. Yet politicians have done little over the last twenty-five years to halt climate change. Dale Jamieson examines how and why attempts to stop global warming failed -- or weren't even tried.

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