Open letter to the President of Colombia denouncing threats and murder of social leaders // Carta abierta al Presidente de Colombia denunciando amenazas y asesinatos a lideres sociales

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In an open letter to the Colombian president, national and international academics denounce an escalation of threats, judicial persecution and assassinations of social leaders in the country and ask him to take to take bold actions and open a profound, transparent and world-facing investigation to stop this violence.

[Español] En una carta abierta al presidente colombiano, académicos nacionales e internacionales denuncian una escalada de amenazas, persecución judicial y asesinatos de líderes sociales en el país y le piden que tome acciones audaces y abra una investigación profunda, transparente y de cara al mundo paradetener esta violencia.

Protesta colombia One of dozens of protests carried out in July 2018 across cities in Colombia and worldwide against the killing of social leaders, under the banner #UnaVelaPorLaVida. In this one, a young activist has a sign that reads, “Life is Respected”. Photo: Vanexa Romero. Source: El Tiempo newspaper.

Bogota, D.C., Colombia, May 21…

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Environmentalism is not a metaphor

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By Remy Bargout

Environmentalists live under a growing and yet age-old illusion that the mainstream movement has gained a critical mass, or unstoppable momentum that ‘now, consumer society, world leaders, and the capitalist system must reckon with’. In reality, the mainstream movement does not speak to power, but actually exerts it. Elite environmentalism is a problem for many reasons but, perhaps most of all, for exclusionary factors of age, sex, and race.

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Statement of the Encounter of Critical and Autonomous Geographies of Latin America // Pronunciamiento del Encuentro de Geografías Críticas y Autónomas de América Latina

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Encuentro geógrafos críticos LA 3Encuentro de Geografías Críticas y Autónomas de América Latina, Source: Colectivo de Geografía Crítica de Ecuador

From April 5 to 9, critical and autonomous geographers from Latin America met in Quito and Sucumbíos, Ecuador at the “Encounter of Critical and Autonomous Geographies of Latin America“, which brought together 20 collectives and people from 10 countries.This is the Statement elaborated during the meeting, which was read at the closing plenary of the XVIII Encounter of Latin American Geographers (EGAL), held in Quito.

[Spanish] Del 5 al 9 de abril, geógrafos críticos y autónomos de América Latina se reunieron en Quito y Sucumbíos, Ecuador, en el “Encuentro de Geografías Críticas y Autónomas de América Latina“, que reunió a 20 colectivos y personas de 10 países.Esta es la Declaración elaborada durante la reunión, que se leyó en la sesión plenaria de clausura del XVIII Encuentro de Geógrafos Latinoamericanos…

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A case for small climate stories

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by Dylan M. Harris

The best stories about climate change are not about climate change. Rather, they are about small, particular, mundane events. They are personal and intimate. And they are grounded in specific locales. These ‘small’ stories show different ways of imagining, creating, and sustaining meaning in the face of climate change. As the climate changes, it is important to pay attention, to listen, and to tell small stories so that they can tell more small stories.

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Political Ecologies of Waste: Salvaged Livelihoods and Infra-structural Labour

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by Benjamin Irvine

Solid waste is often seen as an environmental problem to be solved through change of behaviour and recycling. Political ecology can sharpen our analysis of the politics involved in the way materials move through the economy. Prospects for reducing the amount of solid waste generated and ambitions for a “circular economy” will entail qualitative transformations in patterns of material flows and organisation of labour. Deciphering the shape of these changes necessarily begins in the present conditions and struggles of waste workers.

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