Observations on the “Mini-Syllabus: Writing the Anthropocene”

Authors David Carlin and Nicole Walker's Mini-Syllabus does more than introduce readers to literature on the anthropocene. The authors suggest that some hope for success in addressing climate change can be found in drawing from the push and pull between humanity and the forces of nature -- and they have created a resource to help others do the same.

Hope in the Murky Waters of the International Shipping Industry*

Hazardous Hope Part 2 - *This post originally appeared on the Rachel Carson Center's Blog Seeing in the Woods as part of their Hazardous Hope Series. By Ayushi Dhawan (*Featured image: CTG. Ship Breaking 06. Photo by Naquib Hossain [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr) This summer, I went on a field trip to Alang-Sosiya in the northwestern state of …

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: Grassroots Technological Networks of Wind Energy

Authors - Kostas Latoufis and Aristotle Tympas In this research, two case studies coming from the mid 1970s are considered. One on the development of medium scale wind turbines in Denmark and another on the development of small wind turbines in Scotland. These represent two distinct yet key episodes in the development of modern electricity-producing …

Design, Hybridity and Just Transitions

Damian White How do you define radical hope? I am a little wary of purely transcendental theories of hope since political hope is to a large degree context specific. Our sense of hope is heavily dependent on historical context, shifting events and empirical information, the prevailing ideologies of the time and the broader balance of forces …

On Love and Property

Kara Thompson Abstract: To approach something like hope--so potentially slippery and sentimental--I turn to love, perhaps an equally elusive horizon or abstraction. What might love mean in liberal democracies and forms of governmentality, which seek to organize phantasmatic forms of intimacy and relationality into legible taxonomies of identity? Why should we dare to generate a …

Living In Good Relation with the Environment: A Syllabus of Radical Hope

Description This syllabus emerged from a conference course with one of the initial Radical Hope contributors and organizers, Dr. Erika Bsumek. Each week featured readings from already submitted syllabi now available on radicalhopesyllabus.com. While it began with the intention to test the usefulness of each syllabus and case study across disciplines, I quickly found more …

Look Down for Hope – Phytoremediation in an Italian Steel Town

This section considers the practice of phytoremediation as both a model and source of inspiration for radical hope. It takes as a case study the city of Taranto, in southern Italy. Taranto has long been devastated by the effects of toxic emissions, including high levels of dioxins, from the massive Ilva steel plant. Classified as …

Environmental Security: The Courage to Fear and the Courage to Hope

Allan W. Shearer Can you imagine the collapse of a civilization?  Smaller in scale, but perhaps more immediate, can you imagine the death of your own society?  What attitudes and what skills are needed to do so?  And, if you can do it, what can you do next to prevent the end from coming? In …

Planting Seeds of Hope: Environmental Education for the Present & Future

Kieko Matteson Paper: “Artemisia's Army: Environmental Education as Bioremediation” Abstract: The news these days feels relentlessly grim on nearly every issue, from economic security to human rights to the ecological health of the planet. On the political front, cynics and strongmen exult in their increased influence, dismantling longstanding social and environmental protections with ever-increasing boldness …

Thrifty Science

Simon Werrett Is expanding consumption and use of limited resources and energy an inevitability, or are there alternative ways of living that might lead to a more sustainable world? History offers hopeful solutions, and in this section we consider past practices and ideas concerning material things that understood them in very different ways to those …