Political Ecologies

Political Ecologies: a series.

Left politics in the Global North faces an urgent challenge. Questions of ecology have been relegated to fringe concerns, pushed by single-issue parties, and mostly neglected by the mainstream left in favour of a narrow focus on productivism and mitigating social harms. Where ecological concerns have appeared on the agenda, they have often been couched in terms of technocratic policy fixes, which even in the seemingly radical Green New Deal proposals, are limited by their uncritical situation within dominant social relations and ideas. Even outside the organised left—for example, in the Extinction Rebellion group—ecological thinking tends to be viewed as something that is abstracted from or transcending the ‘merely’ political, leading to a similar failure to challenge the dominant social relations that got us here. With the publication of texts such as Jason Moore’s Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), coupled with the increasingly unavoidable realities of changing meteorological, social, and political climates, the ecological is asserting itself as perhaps the defining issue of the 21st century. This calls for urgent, explicitly political mobilisations. Responding to this, New Socialist presents the Political Ecologies series, with the intention of resituating and activating ecological thought within left political discourses.

If you are interested in contributing to this strand, please send a short abstract or pitch to [email protected].