New Book: Climate Justice and Community Renewal

Climate Justice and Community Renewal:   Resistance and Grassroots Solutions      Edited by Brian Tokar and Tamra Gilbertson This book brings together the voices of people from five continents who live, work, and research on the front lines of climate resistance and renewal. The many contributors to this volume explore the impacts of extreme weather events in …

By ISE | May 18th, 2020 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

When We Lose the Ability to Be Shocked, Fascism Has Already Arrived

A pattern of deterioration of the state is now visible from the USA and Brazil to India and Turkey despite the gulf that separates them in terms of political traditions, institutional practices, and constitutional protections of human rights. In each case, the public sphere is continually shrinking under the pressure of a mass movement that shows three incredibly dangerous symptoms: racism, religious fundamentalism, and a populist leader whose popularity among his volkisch base often increases the more anti-democratically he behaves.

By Saladdin Ahmed | May 2nd, 2020 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

“Humans” are not the problem: Reflections on a “useless” documentary

While “Planet of the Humans” makes a few valid points about over-reliance on techno-fixes in general, and the fundamental flaws of biomass energy in particular, it does a serious disservice to those seeking to bring a more systemic and forward-looking approach into the climate movement.

By Brian Tokar | April 30th, 2020 | Article Archive, Brian Tokar, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

The Coronavirus Pandemic, Capitalism, and Nation-States

The pandemic has exposed irreconcilable contradictions in the entity of the nation-state and the capitalist world system.
Without vigilant analysis of the present moment and rigorous critique, we will be risking our entire political freedoms for decades to come. If the historical moment is not acted upon, the crisis will become a catastrophe, and the catastrophe could take us back to an even darker age.

By Saladdin Ahmed | April 21st, 2020 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Coronavirus and the Need for a Social Ecology

The domination of nature has reached crisis proportions under capitalism, and viral outbreaks are yet another ecological problem. There are ways that we can prevent the spread of these pathogens: wash your hands, disinfect your phone, don’t touch your face and self-quarantine if you exhibit symptoms of being sick. But without addressing the root causes of these issues—capitalism and the idea of dominating nature—these sorts of problems will only worsen. Social ecology offers an alternative vision of what an ecological and socially just world might look like – a world organized around care instead of domination that fosters a reharmonization of humanity and non-human nature.

By ISE | March 12th, 2020 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

New Institute of Social Ecology and Communalism (IESC) founded in France

We are pleased to announce the foundation of the Institute of Social Ecology and Communalism in France. Founded in February 2020, the aim of the Institute is to promote the ideas of social ecology and help build a movement in France and elsewhere in the francophone world. If you’re based in a French-speaking country, get involved! Their foundation statement is available below in English, and here in French. We look forward to collaborating together!

By ISE | March 11th, 2020 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Gratitude and thanks to retiring ISE board member Lincoln Van Sluytman

The Institute for Social Ecology would like to thank Lincoln Van Sluytman, who is stepping down from our Board of Directors. Since joining the board in 2014, Lincoln’s wisdom, experience, and generosity have enriched our organization and brought important insights and perspectives to our work. 

By ISE | March 3rd, 2020 | Article Archive, Recent News, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |