Seeking Paths. Towards Environmental Justice.
In many places, the debates over the environmental crisis go back and forth between anxiety about the climate and associated feelings of powerlessness, and the desire for to-down regulations. These debates often leave little space for collaborative or participatory solutions involving those affected. That is why the event series A Participatory Planet invites those who are already practicing and developing participatory forms of living on our planet. These practitioners underscore the connections between human and non-human life on the earth. A Participatory Planet explores the various paths that have led us to the environmental crisis and discusses collaborative solutions to address it. In this way, we also problematize the injustices connected with current approaches to solving the problem.
Questions of ecological (in)justice will be raised and we will question traditional relationships to the earth that are expressed in problematics practices such as monoculture, food scarcity, extractivism, and a throwaway mentality. The pursuit of solutions is at the heart of the series: what historical and contemporary practices can foster collective change toward environmental awareness? Can the exploration of new paths generate new ideas? How can the diversity of bodies, voices, and experiences be heard while dealing with the ways the consequences of the environmental crisis are felt and distributed differently across the planet?