Crisis, everyday life and ‘sustainable transitions’

For an ethnography of desire… In today’s blog, Alice dal Gobbo introduces her current article on crisis and everyday socio-material relations in Environmental Values (August 2020, Vol. 29.4), Everyday Life Ecologies: Crisis, Transitions and the Aesth-Etics of Desire As a result of the Covid-19 lock-down, everyday life is gaining an increasing degree of attention in … More Crisis, everyday life and ‘sustainable transitions’

Obituary: Richard Hugh Grove (1955–2020)

By Professor John Mackenzie. This obituary will also be published in Environment and History 26.4 (Autumn 2020) Richard Grove, the founder and first editor of  Environment and History, has sadly died at the age of 64. Richard was a historian of ideas/geographer/environmentalist/all combined with many other scholarly interests.  His life story was in many ways … More Obituary: Richard Hugh Grove (1955–2020)

Against every form of racism and discrimination

Statement by the ESEH executive on racism and discrimination, wholeheartedly supported by the White Horse Press. We are living in exceptional times. The entire world is shattered by a terrible pandemic, which affects disproportionally the most vulnerable communities. COVID-19 intersects with the unjust, racist, patriarchal, heteronormative, and colonial structures of our societies, reproducing rather than … More Against every form of racism and discrimination

Environmental History, Global Environment and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Today’s blog reproduces Gabriella Corona’s Editorial ‘call to arms’ for the discipline of environmental history, in the current issue of Global Environment (June 2020).  We are experiencing a global crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading in all countries, with an unimaginable scale and power. Italy in particular is paying a very high cost for … More Environmental History, Global Environment and the COVID-19 Pandemic

We Can Still Learn from History – A Tale of Bioeconomy and Trail-Blazers

In this blog, Jan Kunnas shows how seeking the lessons of history informs his two new articles, in Environment and History and Global Environment. A decade ago, while still working on my doctoral thesis, I received a professor in my university commented  on its early version that ‘few people today believe in history as the … More We Can Still Learn from History – A Tale of Bioeconomy and Trail-Blazers

FINLAND: ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY IN NATIONAL LANGUAGES

In this blog, first published as the ESEH Notepad in Environment and History 26.2 (May 2020) Timo Myllyntaus surveys environmental history writing in the national languages of Finland. For decades, it has been reiterated that ‘Finnish environmental history has not yet been written’.[1]This slogan is just as correct or incorrect as the mantra of the … More FINLAND: ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY IN NATIONAL LANGUAGES

Think Globally, Act Locally: How International Science, Journalists, and Local Initiatives Helped Eastern Europe to Think Environmentally Before 1989

In this blog, Doubravka Olšáková gives the context of her new article in Environment and History (Fast Track May 2020), ‘Environmental Journalism? Radio Free Europe, Charter 77 and the Making of an Environmental Agenda’.  We are all, more or less, familiar with the famous motto Think Globally, Act Locally. It was born in the 1970s and … More Think Globally, Act Locally: How International Science, Journalists, and Local Initiatives Helped Eastern Europe to Think Environmentally Before 1989

Ecological Networks and Transfers across the Indian Ocean in the Age of Empire

In today’s blog, Ulrike Kirchberger introduces the Special Issue of Global Environment (13.1, Spring 2020) that she recently edited, on ‘Ecological Networks and Transfers across the Indian Ocean in the Age of Empire’.  The Indian Ocean has always been a space of ecological exchange. People, plants and animals crossed it and transformed the natural environments of … More Ecological Networks and Transfers across the Indian Ocean in the Age of Empire

Wisdom of the Wild Ones

In today’s blog, Laura M. Hartman introduces the Wild Ones, an ecological restoration organisation whose views and actions are explored in her new co-authored paper in Environmental Values (with Kathleen Wooley) and muses on her affection for the group, even while she recognises its openness to philosophical critique.    ‘We can all lend a hand in … More Wisdom of the Wild Ones