The (Identity) Politics of Reparations
Identity politics has been given a bad rap, with many fearing that it fosters ever narrower emphasis on difference over collaboration. But “activists, particularly those who engage in conversations with everyday people in their communities, see the use of identity, particularly liberatory identities, as a unifying force as long as it seeks to explore the depth and principles of the identity” and are formulating strategies to prioritise identity-formation. They argue that “the weaponization of social justice identity politics is purely a tactic that is being used to deconstruct cultural innovation rooted in BIPOC communities” by a pro-authoritarian movement whose own “strategy is entirely about identity formation”.
Love Rebuilds Gaza
“This series of speculative fiction invites us to envision and craft the world we dream about. It champions the transformative power of active and radical imagination in creation, it encourages us to lay the foundations for a future that we want our children to have – a future shaped by love, strength in community, empowering narratives and the dissolution of systemic oppression through a collective realisation that it no longe has a place in our world”.
Who Is Afraid of Degrowth?
A deep dive through the medium of a graphic novel “that invites you to explore and join this crucial debate about economics, ecology, democracy, human rights, technology, and our future.” An effort to make the debate about degrowth and economics “accessible to climate activists, teachers, students, workers, parents, and anyone else who isn’t a classical economist but wants to help stop climate collapse. The comic contains quotes from a wide range of experts, woven into an engaging narrative that will guide you through this complex topic.”
Unmasking inequity: A closer look at the social impact sector’s wilful ignorance about Palestine
“It’s time to speak out against oppression, cultural suppression, media bias, and false rhetoric wherever we encounter it. Solidarity statements and pledges to anti-racist practices mean little if they remain theoretical and are not backed by real-time action… Let’s elevate our sector’s response beyond mere calls for peace and understanding; while well-intentioned, for these calls to be effective, they must be bolstered by an anti-colonial power analysis. It’s time for intentional dialogue within our organizations, creating safe spaces for employees to discuss Palestine freely without fear of repercussion.” “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”
It’s a Mixed Credit-Fiat World
This is very technical, but it reveals that the basic story of how our economy works is “absurdly false”, offering “proof that Modern Monetary Theory's analysis of government money creation is derived from a correct application of the rules of accounting, and is therefore better called ‘Modern Monetary Fact’”. This re-storying also offers an understanding of our frequent economic crises and what drives them: it is the reduction of government debt and accompanying increase in private debt that drives crises, not the other way around. Of course some people take profitable advantage of this delusion, which might explain its persistence. Hear more about this, and the history of the errors that led to the absurdity, here.
Climate Visuals launches a new collection of air pollution photographs
“Improving air quality is essential for addressing racial, gender and income inequalities. It is vital that the voices of people most affected by air pollution are included in campaigns and policy debates on air quality and climate change.” These 200 new photographs, taken in Indonesia, Poland, South Africa and the UK “are freely available for use in the non-profit, editorial and educational sectors and were commissioned in response to the scarcity of accurate, compelling and accessible photojournalism highlighting the impacts of air pollution alongside solutions to the problem.” This forms part of Climate Outreach’s work towards their “goal to be an anti-racist organisation.”
We Feed The UK
“We Feed The UK is a major arts project pairing critically acclaimed photographers and poets with regenerative farmers, urban growers, sustainable fishers and grain rebels: the UK’s custodians of land, soil, sea and seed.” The project “brings together over 40 partners from the environment and arts sectors to tell time-critical stories across urban, rural and coastal areas, ranging from multi-generational, Black-led growing projects in London, to a majority-women workers cooperative in Edinburgh, via sustainable fishing along the south coast.”
‘It’s Not the End of the World’ book assumptions & omissions spark debate
“Donald challenges Ritchie on assumptions presented in the book, such as the notion that renewable energy will be adopted by low- and middle-income nations simply because it is cheaper… Ritchie says she intended to write an ‘apolitical’ book, declining to discuss policy, but it’s difficult to see how many of the proposals would work without addressing geopolitical roadblocks and challenges that have repeatedly stymied these solutions.” Make sure to hang around for the debrief at the end.
“Climate Barometer makes sense of what people think about climate change... We curate the latest insights, provide data-driven perspectives, and run a climate opinion tracker with the UK public and MPs. An informed and responsive understanding of public and political opinion is crucial – for the climate movement, for journalists reporting on unfolding events, or for politicians who need a clear brief, fast…(but) data is scattered, so the story can be difficult to follow. Climate Barometer provides a signal in the noise, curating timely insights on what people think about climate change.”
Colonial Rule Nearly Doubles UK’s Historical Contribution to Climate Change
New analysis increases the UK’s share of cumulative historical emissions from 3% up to 5.1%. This jumps the UK from eighth to fourth place in the global rankings of countries’ “historical responsibility for climate change”, still behind the US, China, and Russia, but now ahead of India, Brazil and Germany. “Moreover, the UK’s population are the second-highest emitters on a per-capita basis, when accounting for emissions under colonial rule.”
Towards A Citizen-led Reality Check
“By refusing to call time on implausible climate targets, trusted messengers – such as climate scientists and environmental charity leaders – are providing inadvertent permission for the public to continue minimising the reality of climate breakdown,” resulting in “the sustained absence of widespread public support for meaningful action.” Their recent survey finds “the general public is ready to be told what is actually going on, and ready to receive invitations to help them do something about it.”
Animation: Change the Conversation on Racism
“The conversation on racism is stuck. But with a formidable bank of data, Reframing Race has learned that new ways of talking about racism can lead to new ways of listening and thinking.” This 2 minute animation quickly and accessibly introduces these findings to make them practical and memorable. Also see.