The Incompatibility of Neoliberal Rational and Climate Action Alexi Barnstone – Politics & Economics “Neoliberalism— the ideas, the institutions, the policies, the political rationality— has, along with its spawn, financialization, likely shaped recent world history as profoundly as any other nameable phenomenon in the same period” – Wendy Brown Like other word-altering formations such…Read More
Refugees have progressively found it harder and harder to locate a safe and accepting place to live as the anti-immigration movement has grown from the periphery of the far right, taking front and center stage in modern day politics.
Fears around the economic sustainability of taking care of refugees and their influence on society and culture have intensified. Anti-immigrant rhetoric has percolated across western liberal democracies in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.Read More
Mental health transcends political affiliation. Psychiatrists must tend to anyone suffering mental afflictions, irrespective of their political orientation and beliefs. To take a position on the issue risks isolating people from the field based on political belief. But because of the nature of climate catastrophe, and the mental repercussions, a problematic paradox emerges.Read More
Instead of avoiding each other, they become attracted to one another. In a frenzy of feasting and mating locusts begin to swarm and consume, engaging in migratory feasts across mass swaths of land, putting the food security of millions at risk as they ravage the landscape.
Climate change has been linked directly to the locust swarms currently traversing from the Horn of Africa. Abnormally wet weather in normally arid lands are linked to the multiplication of locusts. The Horn of Africa had 400 percent more rainfall in December of 2019, which created the environmental conditions for the locusts to enter the gregarious phase.Read More
Forced Migration: the Mental Costs of Climate Change Alexi Barnstone – Science and Technology On the second to last Tuesday of July 2019, 13-year-old Heydi Gámez García was taken off life support. She had been pronounced braindead after an attempted suicide a couple of weeks earlier. Heydi was a Honduran refugee. She was sent away…Read More
In 2015 Elizabeth Kolbert won a Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. Her book, The Sixth Extinction:An Unnatural History, argued that we are in the midst of a manmade sixth extinction. In the book she claims that by the end of the 21st century between twenty and fifty percent of all the living species on earth.
Kolbert presents a morbid, confronting account of reality in the anthropocene. That contemporary society, in its present form, flourishes at the expense of nature.Read More
In 1948 the poet W. H. Auden used the word Topophilia while introducing John Betjeman’s poetry book Slick but Not Streamlined, a humorous and satirical reflection of the author’s love for Victorian architecture. Auden explained that the word had less to do with a love of nature and more a dependency on a landscape infused with a sense of history.Read More
How Climate Change Affects the Free Speech/Harm Debate Alexi Barnstone – Philosophy and Culture In September 2019 Misha Ketchell, editor of The Conversation, stated that The Conversations’s editorial team would begin a “zero tolerance policy” toward climate change sceptics and deniers. That individuals who commented such things would have their accounts blocked and locked. These…Read More