1st Edition

The Right to Nature Social Movements, Environmental Justice and Neoliberal Natures

Edited By Elia Apostolopoulou, Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez Copyright 2019
    344 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    346 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Since the 2008 financial crash the expansion of neoliberalism has had an enormous impact on nature-society relations around the world. In response, various environmental movements have emerged opposing the neoliberal restructuring of environmental policies using arguments that often bridge traditional divisions between the environmental and labour agendas.

    The Right to Nature explores the differing experiences of a number of environmental-social movements and struggles from the point of view of both activists and academics. This collection attempts to both document the social-ecological impacts of neoliberal attempts to exploit non-human nature in the post-crisis context and to analyse the opposition of emerging environmental movements and their demands for a radically different production of nature based on social needs and environmental justice. It also provides a necessary space for the exchange of ideas and experiences between academics and activists and aims to motivate further academic-activist collaborations around alternative and counter-hegemonic re-thinking of environmental politics.

    This book will be of great interest to students, scholars and activists interested in environmental policy, environmental justice, social and environmental movements.

    INTRODUCTION: Neoliberalism and environmental movements around the World after the 2008 financial crash: Defending the right to nature

    Elia Apostolopoulou and Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez

    PART 1: extractivism and environmental justice movements

    1. Self-determination as resistance: re-asserting control over natural resources in Colombia.
    2. Charlotte Christiaens, Lucy Mears, Andy Whitmore and Hannibal Rhoades

    3. Petro-Politics and Local Natural Resource Protection: Grassroots Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.
    4. James Ordner

    5. Navigating state-led extractivism in Ecuador and Russia: fluid identities and agendas of socio-environmental movements.
    6. Denisse Rodríguez and Julia Loginova

    7. Beyond winning and losing: the rise of the social movement against mega-mining projects in Northern Greece.
    8. Citizens' Coordinating Committee of Ierissos against gold-copper mining

    9. Land rights and justice in neoliberal Mozambique: The case of Afungi community relocations.
    10. Kate Symons

    11. Possibilities and Pitfalls of Environmental Justice Action: Learning from Roşia Montană and Yaigojé Apaporis Anti-mining Struggles.
    12. Ioana Florea and Hannibal Rhoades

      PART 2: Green Struggles against capitalist urbanization And Infrastructure Construction

    13. Egyptian Environmentalism and Urban Grassroots Mobilisation.
    14. Noura Wahby

    15. Landscape and outdoor domestic space towards food sovereignty and environmental regeneration: approaches from Mozambique and Latin America.
    16. Céline Veríssimo and Leo Name

    17. Access to information and the construction of sustainability discourse in the case of the Bus Rapid Transit Transolímpica, in Rio de Janeiro.
    18. Camila Nobrega Rabello Alves

    19. The Political Ecology of Urban Space in Transition.
    20. Sam Beck

    21. Environmental justice claims and dimensions in anti-megaproject campaigns in Europe: The case of the forum against Unnecessary and Imposed Megaprojects.
    22. Alfred Burballa-Noria

      PART 3: The economic valuation of nature: from academic debates to activist action

    23. Isolation and abstraction to tackle deforestation: The problem of theory as a practical problem in environmental issues.
    24. Mario Hernandez-Trejo

    25. Natural capital accounting (NCA): roles in corporate environmental stewardship.
    26. Les Levidow

    27. Offsetting for whom?
    28. Re:Common

    29. Nature is our Right: Framing a new nature protection debate in Europe.
    30. Sandra Bell and Friedrich Wulf

    31. Nature’s Rights and Earth Jurisprudence - A New Ecologically-Based Paradigm for Environmental Law
    32. Mumta Ito and Massimiliano Montini

    33. Nature, Rights and Political Movements
    34. Larry Lohmann

      PART 4: Tracking alternatives to the neoliberal agenda: radical environmentalism and community action

    35. The commons as organizing infrastructure: Indigenous collaborations and post-neoliberal visions in Ecuador.
    36. Tristan Partridge

    37. Illegal Camping on ‘Stolen Native Land’.
    38. Amanda K. Winter

    39. Gerontocracies of affect: how the "politics of austerity" have reshaped elder environmental radicalism.
    40. Mary Gearey

    41. Humans in the landscape: Low-impact Development as a response to the neoliberal environmental agenda.

    Julyan Levy


    Afterword – the right to nature: lessons learned and future directions

    Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez and Elia Apostolopoulou


    Elia Apostolopoulou is a Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez is an InTalent senior researcher at the University of A Coruña, Spain.

    "Since the 2008 economic crisis, neo-liberal capitalism has intensified its onslaught on nature through accelerating resource extraction and privatizing the commons of nature. This book demonstrates exquisitely the havoc wrought by these infernal dynamics and charts possible terrains for thought and action that could lead to a more just and equitable society-nature relationship. A must read for all concerned with the dwindling rights of nature."Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester, UK

    "This timely book offers an unprecedented synthesis of cutting-edge research and grassroots activism in pursuit of progressive environmentalism. An exemplar of radical praxis, it will be indispensable for scholars in a wide range of fields as well as activists and policymakers seeking greater conceptual clarity in their work."Robert Fletcher, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

    "A much-needed and compelling account of how the alliance between critical scholarship and social struggles can radically reconfigure environmental policies worldwide. This book makes an outstanding contribution to research engaged in understanding, and supporting, alternatives to the neoliberal agenda."Stefania Barca, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal