Today’s social and ecological crises, which threaten the preservation of life on our planet, require our attention to understand the dynamics of patriarchy and capitalism and to unmask “answers” or false solutions that obscure, perpetuate, and even worsen the current situation.
Currently, geoengineering is threatening not only life on earth, but the earth and all her "living systems." Exposing and critiquing the new technological ability to influence macro systems like the climate itself, ocean currents, temperatures, humidity, droughts, the atmosphere, and more, as well as the destruction that has already taken place, beginning with the effects of thousands of nuclear tests that have occurred worldwide, and, in addition, the transformation of the earths "energies" into weapons of total destruction — mother earth as a weapon of war! — are the major themes under consideration in this volume.
The volume re-examines existing analyses from this new and much broader point of view in theory and reality, and points to the need for a new concept of nature and the earth as a living being, a cosmic being, so that it is the life of the earth herself that today must be protected.
Ana Isla is Professor with a joint appointment in the Sociology Department and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) at Brock University. She also has an affiliation with the Social Justice Program. Isla’s research focuses on the consequences of the Earth Summits, and sustainable development, in particular in Costa Rica and Peru. She is the author of The Greening of Costa Rica: Women, Peasants, Indigenous People, and the Remaking of Nature (2015).
Claudia von Werlhof is an economist, sociologist and political scientist, and since 1988, Full Professor for Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her books in English include Women: The Last Colony; There is an Alternative; and The Failure of Modern Civilization and the Struggle for a "Deep" Alternative.