Extractive activities, including mineral, biomass and fossil fuel extraction, cause wide-ranging social and environmental impacts, from the depletion of natural resources to social tensions and conflicts through threats to territories, communities and lifestyles. Community responses to these activities call into question who has the right to decide and whether any one vision of development should be imposed over others. At times these responses also present alternative perspectives on well-being.
In the face of global state and market failure to address the environmental crisis, a global movement for Environmental Justice (EJ) has been expanding and diversifying in recent years.
The ACKNOWL-EJ network will emphasize and dissect the processes of knowledge production against ‘extractivism’ and towards transformative sustainability from the ground up, based on the assumption that therein lies the greatest potential for action and agency for dealing with environmental and social crises today.
The network will build on and broaden the path-breaking work of the Atlas of Environmental Justice on mapping global ecological conflicts. This will be combined with in-depth collaborative research on how EJ is enacted in specific locations to emphasize the transformative potential of citizen movements, ‘participatory’ approaches to environmental politics, and new institutional practices born from diverse knowledge systems, showing how alternatives are often born from resistance. The network also aims to create a forum for dialogue amongst alternative and transformative visions in various parts of the world.
Catch up with the latest news, blogs and resources on the ACKNOWL-EJ website.