Indigenous activists from Latin America were put out by the sudden change in location of COP25 from Santiago, Chile to Madrid, Spain just one month before the UN Climate Conference was scheduled to begin. Their claims of being invisibilised, particularly from Mupache representatives whose communities are violently repressed by Chilean authorities, were emphasised during an… Continue reading Cumbre Social Por El Clima COP25: Power Dynamics
As representatives of a Berlin-based BIPoC climate justice collective Paula and I developed a workshop for the Extinction Rebellion camp. The input considered a still operating five-hundred year old mine site in Bolivia, Potosí, that is also a Wak’a Earth being and entity. As a ‘bridge of silver’ that connects Latin America and Europe, we… Continue reading ‘Colonial Patterns of Erasure’, XR Camp Berlin.
Workshop input at the Floating University Berlin. In an informal setting participants were invited to ‘bring to the table’ their thoughts, ideas and experiences to unpack and discuss concepts such as ‘environmental racism’, ‘Racial Capitalocene’, ‘Climate Debt’ and ‘Climate Apartheid’.
Illustration: Joseph Walsh 2019 Reflections on the Rites of Spring: Rights of Nature Working Groop, Massia 12–18 May, 2019. Political Ontology Before I left Massia, at the tail end of our inaugural Rights of Nature Working ‘Groop’, Daan, a scholar of comparative religion, observed that the current stakes of Climate Change have all the trappings… Continue reading Worlding for Many Worlds
[‘Welsh Dragon takes on digger, End Coal Now!, Ffos-y-Fran, Wales, UK, 3 May 2016.’ Photo: Amy Scaife / Reclaim the Power] The Anthropocene is the proposed name for the current geological period in which human activities have significantly altered the functioning of planetary systems. It is a period in which human cultures no longer labour… Continue reading Anthropocene, oder…?
[‘Klaus Emmerich in Brown Coal Blues’ (2016) Photo: Vice] Brown Coal Blues (2016) is a documentary produced by VICE INTL that concerns mining in the Rhineland region, in which reporter Filipa Von Stackelberg interviews employees of energy corporation RWE who operate the Garzweiler lignite mine, alongside locals and mining opponents. Early in the program Von… Continue reading A future much worse than the present
[‘Garzweiler panorama’ (2013) Photo: Raimond Spekking] Lignite or brown coal supplies more than 25% of Germany’s electricity (Chazan and Foy, 2016). The soft peat-based rock forms close to the surface and is considered the lowest rank of coal due to its relatively low heat content, low energy density and typically high moisture content. Lignite causes… Continue reading Braun Kohle
[‘Ende Gelände’ All photos: 350.org] Ende Gelände — stop the diggers — protect the climate. ‘Because I am not an activist. This isn’t what I do. I’m a relatively normal, middle aged chap who does clicktivism when he can find the time. Direct action is not my thing. I’m not cut out to be here, running… Continue reading Ende Gelände: Here and no further
[‘Abbot Point coal port, Queensland.’Photo: Tom Jefferson/Greenpeace] In a statement made in response to the announcement of The Paris Agreement, December 2015, Brian Ricketts, the head of the European coal lobbying association ‘Euracoal’, stated his industry would ‘hated and vilified in the same way that slave-traders were once hated and vilified.’ According to a report… Continue reading Statecraft
Prior to COP21 in Paris, December 2015, policy makers agreed that a suitable target for the UN summit was to keep global temperature rises caused by greenhouse gas emissions below 2 ˚C, a figure commensurate with a pre-industrial era (for a critique of this figure and the use of surface temperature as a catch-all indicator… Continue reading The Paris Agreement