20 December 2022
While academic work is important in helping us understand the way the world functions and imagine different, better futures, its positive potential can only be realised outside academia, in interaction with the communities that knowledge is supposed to serve.
The climate crisis confronts us with a way of using planet Earth’s natural resources that is fundamentally unsustainable. Any serious attempt at tackling climate change must address the roots of the system we live in, and we are all shaped by, the system that we follow the American author and social activist bell hooks in naming it “imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy”. Recognising our own implications in the system we are trying to modify is a crucial first step on the road to change.