67 Percent

The State of Our Co-Evolutionary Kin: The 6th Mass Extinction? Did you know that, according to Cousteau, half of the marine life he filmed in 1956 had disappeared by 1963 (and what is left today)?” (Gorz, 1987, pg. 64) The answer to Gorz’s poignant query, ‘what is left today?’ is a truly terrifying one. Recent… Continue reading 67 Percent

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New Materialism for a Posthumanist Ethic

One key aspect of the ecological self and what I maintain to be vital elements of newly harmonious human-nature relations is encapsulated by the transdisciplinary theory of ‘new materialism’ (DeLanda, 1996), which rethinks subjectivity and lends primacy to the role played by matter (atoms, molecules, earth processes, etc.) in the agentic, metamorphosing, and self-organizing natural… Continue reading New Materialism for a Posthumanist Ethic

Transgressive Environmentalism: Sea Shepherd and the Indespensible Role of Direct-Action

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a nonprofit direct-action marine conservation organization, was initially conceived as the ‘Earth Force Society’ in 1977 in Vancouver, Canada by Captain Paul Watson, a former Greenpeace member. In 1981 it became officially incorporated in Oregon as a US-based environmental group (SSCS, 2016), and has since become an international phenomenon whose… Continue reading Transgressive Environmentalism: Sea Shepherd and the Indespensible Role of Direct-Action

Investigating Perceptions of the Animal ‘Other’

(A great deal of my research involves uncovering and analyzing the wealth of factors- historical, cultural, psychological, socioeconomic- that influence varying human perceptions of nature and animals, so that we may work towards dismantling that final barrier: the human-animal divide. This piece provides a glimpse into this field and sheds light on some of the… Continue reading Investigating Perceptions of the Animal ‘Other’