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Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

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Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

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ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

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ICTA-UAB to organize the International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes

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Iron availability in seawater, key to explaining the amount and distribution of fish in the oceans

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Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

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Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

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Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

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The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

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ICTA-UAB researcher Federico Demaria publishes Pluriverse

Date: 2020-01-28

It is a large inventory of alternative practices to "development" as a predominant way of life in today's society

The current planetary crisis has taken on a civilizational dimension. Never before have so many crucial aspects of life failed simultaneously, and never before have expectations about the future been so uncertain. Against this background, it is necessary to set aside the prevailing concept of “development” as progress and look for alternatives that respect and nurture life on Earth. This is the main idea that has led ICTA-UAB researcher Federico Demaria to publish the book “Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary”, coordinated with researchers Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar and Alberto Acosta. 

Given the dominant Western development model adopted by people across the world, the new book “Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” presents a stimulating collection of over 100 essays on transformative alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, state domination, and masculinist values.

In the post-development imagination, ‘development’ would no longer be the organizing principle of social life. The book presents worldviews and practices from around the world in a collective search for an ecologically wise and socially just world. “At a time in which development is unquestionable, there are many peoples of the world challenging it and living in a different way”, explains Federico Demaria.

It also offers critical essays on a number of false solutions that those in power are proposing in an attempt to ‘greenwash’ development. “The book is a criticism of the reformist proposals that come from the 1980s such as sustainable development that, after three decades, we can say has failed in its objective of promoting the sustainability of life”, adds Demaria.

Pluriverse speaks to a confluence of economic, socio-political, cultural, and ecological visions. It is a broad transcultural compilation of concrete concepts, worldviews, and practices from around the world, challenging the modernist ontology of universalism in favour of a multiplicity of possible worlds. “Development is the current universe, and the book presents a pluriverse”, the author says. Therefore, the book is intended to re-politicize the ongoing debate over socio-ecological transformation by providing a guidance to its multi-dimensionality.

The book follows the structure of an encyclopedia, with short 1000-word entries for each of the key terms. It refers to concepts such as conviviality, decline, direct democracy or social ecology. “Some of them are not known and we should incorporate them into our language, a vocabulary to discover how we want to live”, Demaria points out. The 120+ contributors to the volume include activists, academics, and practitioners, with a wealth of experience in their respective fields of engagement such as Vandana Shiva, Serge Latouche, Wolfgang Sachs, Silvia Federici, Nnimmo Bassey, Gustavo Esteva, Katherine Gibson, Maristella Svampa and many more. 

 

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