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Living Root Bridgte, Meghalaya, 1999. Animation. Photo by Anselm Rogers.
Living Root Bridgte, Meghalaya, 1999. Animation. Photo by Anselm Rogers.
Living Root Bridgte, Meghalaya, 1999. Animation. Photo by Anselm Rogers.

The environmental crisis is a crisis of materiality. Since the arrival of concrete as a (Western) construction material, our shared world is becoming greyer by the minute. As with plastic, we are only now waking up to its dangers. We need to use materials that are embedded, building on the interconnectedness of all life and its renovation.

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global construction industry will have poured more than 19,000 bathtubs of concrete ( The Guardian, 2018). In a single year, this is enough to patio over every hill, dale, nook, and cranny in a country the size of Ecuador. After water, concrete is the most widely consumed material on the planet. We use it for buildings, bridges, dams, and roads. We walk on it, drive on it, and many of us live, sleep, and work within its walls. Concrete: the foundation of Western modernity. A key to urbanization. An…

“Tan’Am”, 2021. Miguel Mwamba. Cortesía del artista

Aunque la alfabetización medioambiental está creciendo, aún hay un llamado a apreciar los valores ecológicos, estéticos y espirituales de la tierra. ¿Cómo podemos reaprender a estar en este mundo y reintegrarnos?

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Está comprobado que el ser humano está destruyendo su propio sistema de soporte vital a una gran velocidad y que, durante este siglo, es muy probable que este comportamiento amenace no sólo nuestra existencia, sino también la de hasta la mitad de las especies del mundo. Parte del problema proviene de la ignorancia sobre el funcionamiento de la Tierra y nuestro impacto negativo al mismo.

Hasta ahora, las políticas medioambientales se formulan principalmente en el lenguaje de la metafísica occidental que introdujo categorías divisorias como mente y cuerpo, naturaleza y cultura, humano versus no humano. Estas categorías llevaban…

From the animation “Tan’Am”, 2021 by Miguel Mwamba.

Environmental literacy is growing. Let’s go deeper and answer the call to appreciate the ecological, aesthetic and spiritual values of earth. How can we relearn being in this world and re-embed ourselves?

There is widespread evidence that we are a species in the process of degrading our own life-support system at a rapid rate and that during this century, this behaviour will very likely threaten not only our but also the existence of up to half of the world’s species. Part of the problem stems from an ignorance about how the earth works and what we are doing to its life-sustaining systems.

So far, environmental policy was mostly formulated in the language of occidental metaphysics, which introduced dividing categories such as mind and body, nature and culture, human versus non-human. These categories…


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