Example 4: Manifesto
We affirm one long-standing environmental ideal, that humanity must shrink its impacts on the environment to make more room for nature, while we reject another, that human societies must harmonise with nature to avoid economic and ecological collapse. (p. 6)
intensifying many human activities — particularly farming, energy extraction, forestry, and settlement — so that they use less land and interfere less with the natural world is the key to decoupling human development from environmental impacts. (p. 7)
Decoupling raises the possibility that societies might achieve peak human impact without intruding much further on relatively untouched areas. Nature unused is nature spared. (p. 19)
- What is the Manifesto’s central argument? Are you persuaded by it?
- What narrative(s) does the Manifesto promote?
- Is what ways is such a manifesto similar to, or different from, the other forms of storytelling we have seen?
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If you have time, we recommend you read An Ecomodernist Manifesto before reading these optional readings.
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- Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey and Juanita Sundberg: The Moderns’ Amnesia in Two Registers
- Clive Hamilton: The Theodicy of the “Good Anthropocene”
- Bronislaw Szerszynski: Getting Hitched and Unhitched with the Ecomodernists
- Eileen Crist: The Reaches of Freedom: A Response to An Ecomodernist Manifesto
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