“Ecological Challenges” conference in Oslo




The weekend immediately following the gigantic People’s Climate March in New York City, social ecologists and others will be gathering in Oslo for this important event:

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Ecological Challenges: Oslo 2014 Conference
25-27 September 2014

The ecology movement deals with the greatest social and political challenge of our time: climate change. How should we meet this challenge? Some claim that democracy is to slow to solve the climate crisis, and that authoritarian measures are necessary to create a greener future. At the conference we will explore the idea of participatory democracy as a counter argument to this claim. How do differences in scale (from the local to the global) decide the ways in which we confront environmental challenges? And what does this mean in terms of strategies for the ecology movement?

Our conference, Ecological Challenges, aims to provide a space where different schools of the ecology movement and various researchers can come together to discuss the future of our cities, environmental ethics and the social dimension of ecology. This conference is a rare event in that it involves both academics who are working on these themes, as well as activists from the ecology movement. The conference sets out to strengthen our common goals for an ecological society and will set new important directions for ecological politics.

Ecological Challenges is organized by New Compass and the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. We organize the event on the assumption that activists from the ecology movements can benefit from a theoretical reflection on its positions and practice, and that academics can benefit from discussing their research with movement actors from and contend with their perspectives. Still, we raise the question: how this can happen in practice?

Register today and join our discussions!  More information is at

See you in Oslo in September!

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