They say “our house is on fire" - on the climate emergency and (new) Earth politics.

E.H. Huijbens, Martin Gren

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Given the empirical scope and gravity of the ongoing planetary climate and ecological mutation we can safely say that “our house is on fire”. The chapter problematizes the conceptualization of the Earth and engages “the Critical Zone” as an earthly entity for composing our common planetary house in actionable terms. The chapter points towards a politics of earthly habitation, a (new) Earth politics that does not depart from Nature and Society, nor separates the social from the natural, and where the earthly territorialities of the local is folded with the territory of planetary climate conditions. The emerging (new) Earth politics highlight the “planetary vital signs” which need to be incorporated into climate politics in and of the Critical Zone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImagining Apocalyptic Politics in the Antropocene
EditorsEarl T. Harper, Doug Specht
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003128854
ISBN (Print)9780367653095
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2021


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