The Environmental State I: Colonization, Extraction, Conservation

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 2, Hyatt Regency, Fourth Floor
Organizers: Michael Simpson, Jessica Dempsey, Patrick Bigger
Chairs: Michael Simpson

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In the midst of accelerating planetary emergencies of climate change and biological emaciation, governments worldwide have consistently failed to take the coordinated actions required to either mitigate or resolve these compounding crises. As the stack of international reports offering increasingly dire warnings grows taller, the list of international climate summits and failed accords has grown longer. In response to the inadequate actions of the world’s nation states, social and environmental movements – from Extinction Rebellion, to Global Climate Strikes, and advocates of a Green New Deal – continue to pressure states to act with the urgency that befits a state of emergency.

Yet, the state, as a form of power and a logic of governance, is arguably responsible for many of the very same political-ecological processes that have precipitated anthropogenic global environmental change and associated ecological crises. Violent socio-ecological processes such as settler colonial dispossession and genocide, war and militarization, the policing of territories and securitization of borders, resource extraction and capital accumulation, and the production of property and markets, are not only facilitated and executed by the state, but are often inseparable from the state form and logics. This points to a troubling paradox where the state is at once deeply rooted and invested in processes that continue to produce socio-ecological crises, while also being positioned as the dominant site of political contestation and the primary political actor to which many look to resolve these crises.

To promote low-carbon conferencing, this sessions will take place over video conference in both Denver CO, and Vancouver, BC


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Meredith DeBoom*, University of South Carolina, Necropolitics Goes ‘Green’: Climate Change Mitigation and Extractivist Violence 12 9:35 AM
Presenter Ritwick Ghosh*, New York University, Steven Wolf, Cornell University, Incoherence of Biodiversity Offsetting 12 9:47 AM
Presenter Jessica Dempsey*, University of British Columbia, Temporary 12 9:59 AM
Discussant Karena Shaw School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria 15 10:11 AM
Presenter Johnny Mack*, University of British Columbia, Peripherilizing the state 12 10:26 AM

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