Barcelona: ICTA-R&D Master in Political Ecology: Pre-registrations now open!

This is the first Master of its kind, and one of the first in the world in the flourishing field of Political Ecology. The Master builds on a successful 7-year series of international Summer Schools on Environmental Justice and Degrowth, two ongoing European Research Council projects on global environmental justice – see the Atlas of Environmental conflicts (https://ejatlas.org/) – and on urban environmental justice (http://www.bcnuej.org/). ICTA coordinated also ENTITLE, a post-graduate training network in political ecology funded by the EU. Our program benefits from the several top researchers that are currently working at ICTA (the Institute for Environmental Studies and Technology) and R&D (Research and Degrowth) in Barcelona, the two institutions co-organizing this program.

https://degrowth.org/master/

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The Post-Development Dictionary agenda: paths to the pluriverse

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of The Development Dictionary edited by Wolfgang Sachs. This article by Demaria and Kothari lays out both a critique of the oxymoron ‘sustainable development’, and the potential and nuances of a Post-Development agenda. They present ecological swaraj from India and Degrowth from Europe as two examples of alternatives to development. This gives a hint of the forthcoming book, provisionally titled The Post-Development Dictionary, that is meant to deepen and widen a research, dialogue and action agenda for activists, policymakers and scholars on a variety of worldviews and practices relating to our collective search for an ecologically wise and socially just world.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01436597.2017.1350821
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Degrowth and Feminism | degrowth.info

How a feminist degrowth approach can alleviate ecological and gender injustices

Is it possible to reconcile sustainable development, a fair distribution of both paid and unpaid work among genders, and an economic strategy based on growth? In our article “The Monetized Economy versus Care and the Environment? Degrowth Perspectives on Reconciling an Antagonism”, a contribution to the 2018 Feminist Economics Special Issue on “Sustainability, Ecology, and Care”, we argue that the growth paradigm perpetuates existing gender and environmental injustices. We offer ‘degrowth’ as a potential candidate for a Feminist Ecological Economics perspective that could pave the way towards a ‘caring economy’. However, in order to live up to this potential, we argue, degrowth must necessarily become more feminist.

https://www.degrowth.info/en/2017/11/degrowth-and-feminism/

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Mapping degrowth worldwide | degrowth.info

Dear degrowth friends all over in the world,

This survey is an initiative of individuals involved in the coordination and organization of the international conferences on degrowth. It represents an attempt to bring groups and individuals together for political and practical actions on degrowth that go beyond the bi-annual conferences on degrowth. To organize and build synergies for joint action on degrowth we need to know who we are and what are your/our thoughts/ideas.

Here you will find a survey for mapping all degrowth activities worldwide:

https://www.degrowth.info/en/mapping-degrowth-worldwide/

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Degrowth in movement(s) | degrowth.info

From the organizers of the Leipzig conference

What is the relation between the degrowth movement and other social movements and perspectives? What can the degrowth movement learn from these other movements? And the other way around, what can other social movements and perspectives learn from each other as well as from degrowth ideas and practices? What common proposals, but also which contradictions, oppositions and tensions exist? What alliances could be possible?

In 32 essays, representatives of different social movements, currents or initiatives discuss these and other questions. (list with all authors – in German only). The texts are published together with images, as well as audio and video recordings.

With regards to the translation into English, so far we have translated roughly two thirds of the texts.

https://www.degrowth.info/en/dim/degrowth-in-movements/

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Friends of the Earth Europe’s new publication on Sufficiency

Dear degrowthers,

Friends of the Earth Europe has just published the booklet “Sufficiency: Moving beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency“, suggesting how policy makers can put an intelligent restraint on economic growth and consumption.

In this booklet we suggest introducing hard limitations to unsustainable trends—in particular to overconsumption—and putting emphasis on distributional justice. Seven chapters written by sustainability and economics experts plus a foreword by Janez Potočnik (Co-chair of the International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for the Environment) shed light on different angles of sufficiency and formulate concrete recommendations to EU policy makers. The booklet ends with a discussion of several eco-social policies that can start the transition towards an “economics of enough”.

The topic hasn’t made it to mainstream yet – but it should!

So any help is appreciated to promote this little gem which is compiling approaches by experts of different domains.

You can help us by sharing the following outlets:

Publication: www.foeeurope.org/sufficiency

Main tweethttps://twitter.com/foeeurope/status/978622897794187271

Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/FoEEurope/posts/1608803745822910

Launch story: https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/opinion/theres-no-escape-from-the-economics-of-enough/

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In the name of the Mother (Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, April 2018)

by Maëlle Mariette

‘Pachamama is a reality in the indigenous world,’ said Alberto Acosta, energy and mining minister in 2007 and president of the 2008 Constituent Assembly which, encouraged by President Rafael Correa, granted rights to nature and ecosystems. This was a world first and effectively recognised Pachamama. Acosta is now an opponent of Correa, accusing him of betraying his promise by allowing the continued exploitation of natural resources; Acosta represents an environmentalism that is highly regarded abroad.

‘To indigenous people, Pachamama isn’t just a metaphor, as it is in the western world. Native peoples see the Earth as a mother. They have a very close relationship with her. Of course, not all indigenous people view things like this; after all they’ve had 500 years of ongoing colonisation. The indigenous world hasn’t been spared by the logic of capitalism, individualism, consumerism or productivism. But there are still communities which organise their social, political, economic and cultural life around ideas such as Pachamama and sumak kawsay [good living].’

https://mondediplo.com/2018/04/15pachamama-ecuador

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