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Nov 10, 2019 3 tweets 4 min read Read on X
What does #justice mean on a damaged planet?

Remembering the #Ogoni9, murdered on behalf of @Shell in the Niger Delta, 10 years ago.

And perhaps taking a moment to question the dominant narratives of #climateaction via Ken Saro-Wiwa's daughter, Zina.…
@Shell "The idea of ‘big E’ #Environmentalism is shaped by a certain group of thinkers in the #West. It is currently #framed predominantly through the issue of #carbon emissions, at least on an international level...…
"Rising sea levels and climate change, all desperately important and overlapping issues; but Environmentalism is a #broadchurch. The concerns of big environmental groups don’t necessarily #speak to and for #others in other parts of the #world."…

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Oct 22, 2021
Today is #Halfearthday2021, a plan to protect 50% of the earth, to stop #biodiversity loss & prevent #climate change. Wow, a plan to #restore the planet: that's hopeful!? Unfortunately, not. There is good science showing this is the wrong direction... 🧵 (1/5) #COP26 #COP15
2/5. Every funder should know that if a Half Earth proposal lands on their desk, there will be social risks. Despite the cosy rhetoric, Fortress Conservation leads to #humanrights abuses. Protecting 50% of the globe could affect >1 billion ppl, per Schleicher et al., 2019
3/5. Ecologists, none the wiser, might consider this a price worth paying if species are protected from #extinction. It's a mistake made by Kim Stanley Robinson. The great myth is that people are bad for biodiversity, as shown by Ellis et al., 2021 👇…
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Sep 23, 2020
"The recent radical ideas to save nature; namely ‘half earth’ (nature needs half) and ‘new conservation’ further threatens biodiversity conservation and community livelihoods" - Wilhelm Kiwango #pollen20

Challenging the mainstream narrative at this crucial time
George Iordachescu highlights the long history of collective management of large forested and pasture areas. #Commons management goes back 1000 years, transcending nature-culture divide and drawing on local #knowledge. Conservation not the main goal (it's #livelihoods) #pollen20
Emmanuel Akanpurira unpacks some of the assumptinos Fortress Conservation is based upon.

He draws on Butler and Membe to deconstruct assumptions about human-wildlife conflict.

Work from Uganda shows conflict not inevitable but due to authority-grabs by conservation NGOs..
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Sep 22, 2020
"Market based solutions dominate policy proposals but remain consisently marginal to actually addressing the problems" says @FoleyPfalzgraf, as part of her careful and revealing #POLLEN20 pres:

""Fixing" the Forest in Vanuatu" #carbon #offsetting
Foley places a carbon offsetting scheme in Vanuatu as part of a history marked by colonialism, deforestation and depopulation
Foley notes that since the introduction of customry forest management, deforestation has been reduced to virtually zero. Despite having zero responsibility for global emissions, Vanuatu's leaders have turned to tree growing as a mitigation strategy..
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Sep 22, 2020
Interesting take-aways from @elliotjchurst's thought provoking #POLLEN20 presentation "The nature of Nature-based Solutions" @PolEcoNet

1/5 Recognition of multi-scale power inequalities
"our nature is not your solution"
2/5 Elliot introduces three interesting lenses, incl. NbS as infrastructure
3/5 and NbS as landscapes, or 'multispecies assemblages'
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Aug 12, 2020
A word bandied around - but for those interested, this might be a 'must-read'…
Would love to debate this with you @AChausson @SumeteePahwa @PKashwan @clairefrwordley @TataGonzalez @wendo_hausner! Thanks for sharing @CaroRackete
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Aug 4, 2020
Reading Judith Butler's 'Bodies that Matter' and wondering why dominant strains of Green thinking are apparently happy to put up with 'Environment' (as a 'domain of abjection'), as the absence of something, and all that this it entails..
#environmentalhumanities Image
To clarify, Butler is here, if I understand correctly, talking about how the disciplinary category of sex (the material dimension of of gender) is key to emerging as a subject (becoming a conscious *somewhere* as a particular subject shaped through the recursive work of power)
So, I contend (and am not the first to do so) we can extend this into the environmental domain by understanding the human subjectification process as one in which categories like 'nature' and 'environment' are required to become conscious subjects.
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