The Case For World Communalism: How Can Reconciling the Local and the Global Build Resilience to Climate Breakdown and Emancipate Humanity?

Word count: 9653 Abstract Humanity faces ecological collapse and the worst levels of suffering in history as billions find themselves without food, homes, or security on a heating planet. Murray Bookchin’s theory of Social Ecology and prescription of Communalism offer concrete proposals for how Direct-Democracy at the local level can build resilience to climate breakdown,Continue reading “The Case For World Communalism: How Can Reconciling the Local and the Global Build Resilience to Climate Breakdown and Emancipate Humanity?”

What changes to current patterns of energy production and consumption can help us progress towards sustainability?

Abstract:Current patterns of energy production and consumption are shaped by the greed and power of the fossil fuel industry and the relentless consumerism of late stage Capitalism. The resulting carbon emissions have risen exponentially and are causing catastrophic global heating, destabilising our climate and destroying the ecosystems we depend upon to feed ourselves and survive.Continue reading “What changes to current patterns of energy production and consumption can help us progress towards sustainability?”

‘The Anglo-liberal growth model is fatally flawed but difficult to change.’ Discuss.

Abstract The Anglo-liberal growth model has been a disastrous project that has brought austerity, debt and wage stagnation to millions. In addition to the undeniable human cost of decades of economic policy orientated at protecting the finance sector, there has been an unforgiveable environmental cost that now poses a direct existential threat the future ofContinue reading “‘The Anglo-liberal growth model is fatally flawed but difficult to change.’ Discuss.”

Is Democracy Good for the Environment?

      Abstract: Against the backdrop of impending ecological collapse, some theorists have declared that Democracy is not fit for the purpose of managing a transition to a carbon neutral society, as evidenced by the failure of democracies to tackle climate breakdown so far. They have instead argued for a technocracy of elites responsible for benevolentlyContinue reading “Is Democracy Good for the Environment?”

How has Extinction Rebellion influenced BBC media coverage of climate breakdown?

2818 words Abstract The severity of the threat of climate and ecological breakdown is now well understood across disciplines, and the study of Media Communication on Climate Change is an advanced discipline focused on the role of the media in responding to climate change, and its role in shifting political and social agendas in response.Continue reading “How has Extinction Rebellion influenced BBC media coverage of climate breakdown?”

UoY Gardening Society: January

Welcome to the University of York Gardening Society blog! This will be a monthly update on all of the work our team are doing in Derwent Provost Gardens to turn the area into a thriving new green space on campus.  First I’d like to introduce the committee. I’m Patrick; President, co-founder and the Green PartyContinue reading “UoY Gardening Society: January”

Why I chose to get arrested with Extinction Rebellion

I’m going to tell you about why after wrestling long and hard with my conscience, I chose to get arrested at an environmental protest with the group Extinction Rebellion. Whatever your opinions, I hope we can find common ground over the need for rapid action to protect our beautiful planet and all of the speciesContinue reading “Why I chose to get arrested with Extinction Rebellion”