*by Paul Robbins and Sarah A. Moore
Amidst – and despite – its deep-seated rejection of technocratic fixes, can political ecology reconcile itself with ecomodernism?
The Ecomodernist Manifesto is a brash, unapologetic, optimistic, and strikingly accessible text, one that stresses the emancipatory power of human imagination, realized predominantly through large-scale, centralized energy technology. The always-emergent worlds of human and the non-human, the ecomoderns insist, are dialectical, mutually constituted, inseparable. The natures we live in have never been pristine, and are instead ones in which our engineering is both inevitable and, on a good day, desirable. To live in a world that we desire as “environmentalists” (defined broadly as people who like things like wolves, clean water, and breathable air, for everyone), therefore, we must dematerialize the flow of non-human things into and out of the metabolism of human life and commerce. To provide global justice and fulfill the…
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