Since the 2008 financial crash the expansion of neoliberalism has had an enormous impact on nature-society relations around the world. In response, various environmental movements have emerged opposing the neoliberal restructuring of environmental policies using arguments that often bridge traditional divisions between the environmental and labour agendas. The Right to Nature explores the differing experiences of a number of environmental-social movements and struggles from the point of view of both activists and academics. This collection attempts to both document the social-ecological impacts of neoliberal attempts to exploit non-human nature in the post-crisis context and to analyse the opposition of emerging environmental movements and their demands for a radically different production of nature based on social needs and environmental justice. It also provides a necessary space for the exchange of ideas and experiences between academics and activists and aims to motivate further academic-activist collaborations around alternative and counter-hegemonic re-thinking of environmental politics. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars and activists interested in environmental policy, environmental justice, social and environmental movements.
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INTRODUCTION: Neoliberalism and environmental movements around the World after the 2008 financial crash: Defending the right to nature Elia Apostolopoulou and Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez PART 1: extractivism and environmental justice movements Self-determination as resistance: re-asserting control over natural resources in Colombia. Charlotte Christiaens, Lucy Mears, Andy Whitmore and Hannibal Rhoades Petro-Politics and Local Natural Resource Protection: Grassroots Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska. James Ordner Navigating state-led extractivism in Ecuador and Russia: fluid identities and agendas of socio-environmental movements. Denisse Rodrguez and Julia Loginova. Beyond winning and losing: the rise of the social movement against mega-mining projects in Northern Greece. Citizens' Coordinating Committee of Ierissos against gold-copper mining Land rights and justice in neoliberal Mozambique: The case of Afungi community relocations. Kate Symons Possibilities and Pitfalls of Environmental Justice Action: Learning from Roia Montan and Yaigoj Apaporis Anti-mining Struggles. Ioana Florea and Hannibal Rhoades PART 2: Green Struggles against capitalist urbanization And Infrastructure Construction. Egyptian Environmentalism and Urban Grassroots Mobilisation. Noura Wahby Landscape and outdoor domestic space towards food sovereignty and environmental regeneration: approaches from Mozambique and Latin America. Cline Verssimo and Leo Name Access to information and the construction of sustainability discourse in the case of the Bus Rapid Transit Transolmpica, in Rio de Janeiro. Camila Nobrega Rabello Alves The Political Ecology of Urban Space in Transition. Sam Beck Environmental justice claims and dimensions in anti-megaproject campaigns in Europe: The case of the forum against Unnecessary and Imposed Megaprojects. Alfred Burballa-Noria PART 3: The economic valuation of nature: from academic debates to activist action Isolation and abstraction to tackle deforestation: The problem of theory as a practical problem in environmental issues. Mario Hernandez-Trejo Natural capital accounting (NCA): roles in corporate environmental stewardship. Les Levidow Offsetting for whom? Re:Common Nature is our Right: Framing a new nature protection debate in Europe. Sandra Bell and Friedrich Wulf Natures Rights and Earth Jurisprudence - A New Ecologically-Based Paradigm for Environmental Law Mumta Ito and Massimiliano Montini Nature, Rights and Political Movements Larry Lohmann PART 4: Tracking alternatives to the neoliberal agenda: radical environmentalism and community action The commons as organizing infrastructure: Indigenous collaborations and post-neoliberal visions in Ecuador. Tristan Partridge Illegal Camping on Stolen Native Land. Amanda K. Winter Gerontocracies of affect: how the "politics of austerity" have reshaped elder environmental radicalism. Mary Gearey Humans in the landscape: Low-impact Development as a response to the neoliberal environmental agenda. Julyan Levy Afterword the right to nature: lessons learned and future directions Jose A. Cortes-Vazquez and Elia Apostolopoulou.