New ecomodernist manifesto released

A group of scholars, scientists, campaigners, and citizens – many of which are associated with The Breakthrough Institute in the US – have released a new “ecomodernist” manifesto (available here). It’s an interesting document which is sure to spark debate. In the preamble they state that “we affirm one long-standing environmental ideal, that humanity must …

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What should researchers do when information doesn’t matter?

This is a question I’ve been pondering over the past few days. Lots of social science research has found that in situations when uncertainty in high such as where decision-makers are grappling with lots of “unknown unknowns”, and there isn’t a values consensus (e.g. there isn’t agreement on ends and means), that information doesn’t matter. …

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Traditions of sustainability research and practice

When I first started considering the sustainability literature I engaged with commonly discussed frameworks like so-called ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ sustainability – the former commonly described as being technocentric and anthropocentric, whereas the latter is more ecocentric, communalist and preservationist – and environmental discourse frameworks. Such discourse frameworks include John Dryzek’s model of four ecodiscourses (the …

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