Climate Crisis

No prize for guessing which countries stand in the back of the line as the climate crisis escalates

Since spring 2020, we have talked about vaccine inequity as it becomes more and more evident how richer countries are supplying their own population first and foremost. «Vaccine nationalism» is a term spreading globally. WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has since warned against COVID-19 ‘vaccine nationalism’, urging support for fair access to vaccines for all. …

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Call to Action: Human and Environment Interaction in Studio Ghibli Films

For many members of younger generations, it’s hard to imagine what the world was like even 50 or 60 years ago. When things like wildfires in California become a yearly occurrence, replacing the beautiful West Coast fall, and coastlines continue to disappear due to increased flooding, it can be difficult to remember that this isn’t …

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Fire to Fight Fire: Setting a Match to California’s Growing Wildland Fire Problem

On August 18, 2020, Ryan Masters was sitting in his home in the Santa Cruz Valley. Outside his window, the ominous orange glow of fire grew ever larger. Two days earlier, he had woken up to the sight of Bonny Doon, just two canyons away, burning to the ground. Now he waited, checking in with …

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Combating climate change via a just transition

The global climate summit, COP 26, will discuss climate gas reduction and climate financing. But who carries most responsibility as countries get started at a green transition?  What should we demand from both the global north and the global south? And could nature-based solutions be sped up? These are interesting questions to be addressed as …

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Reflections upon a crisis, A Norwegian-Indian infused perception on climate change

I experience climate change mostly from a Norwegian perspective, a small and mountainous country with a population of just above five million, where the majority enjoy a comfortable middle-class lifestyle with abundant natural resources, a functioning welfare state, and close to a hundred years of absence of war and unrest. This is very much unlike …

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Extractive Histories and Decolonial Resistance: A Cultural Response to Climate Justice

The climate crisis is the inheritance from the legacies of colonialism, the dispossession of first nations, the pipeline infrastructure which cuts across communities, the divide between the animate and the inert, the marching force of capitalist progress turning life into a commodity. As Kathryn Yusoff’s account of geological history in A Billion Black Anthropocene’s or …

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The Climate Crisis: An Act of Epistemic Injustice?

Talking about the weather is often the last resort for immigrants like me to get painfully reserved Swedes to start chatting. In this age of climate crisis, possibly being the most climate-conscious people in the world, Swedes love to talk about the vagaries of the weather: how a cold snap in late spring hampered wine …

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The ‘Self’ is Always Already a ‘We’

The Turbulent Present The English poet John Donne’s familiar phrase, ‘No man is an island entire of itself’, attests to a profound veracity that bears a special significance during times marked by widespread climate breakdown and biological annihilation, widening socioeconomic inequality, and the erosion of social cohesion amid the hyper-individualism of neoliberal capitalism. The prevalent …

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