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Ecological debt. History, meaning and relevance for environmental justice

EJOLT Report 18: Ecological debt. History, meaning and relevance for environmental justice The report can be downloaded here Abstract The ecological debt concept emerged in the early 1990s from within social movements driven …

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Videos

Environmental Justice documentary: “We are here to stay”

We are here to stay! is a new LaMCA-EJOLT documentary where scholars, activists and people suffering environmental injustices provide their views and testimonies on environmental justice. LaMCA is the environmental …

VIDEOs made by partners in EJOLT

Our 23 EJOLT partners produce a variety of video’s. We collect them in our vimeo account. Here are a few of them: This is a 12 minute video on unequal paper …

Podcasts

Alf Hornborg: ecolog. unequal exchange

In this 2th part of his talk with Firoze Manji, Alf talks about the ‘fetisjization’ of technology while also explaining why he makes exceptions to his fundamental technology critique for …

Alf Hornborg: land vs. money valuation

Professor Alf Hornborg is best known for his understanding on the concept of ‘ecological unequal exchange’. He talks on alternative value measurements compared to paper money. “When the UK, in …

Scientific Papers

Ecologically unequal exchange and ecological debt. Introduction to the special section. J. of Political Ecology,

 By Alf Hornborg and J. Martinez-Alier.AbstractThis article introduces a Special Section on Ecologically Unequal Exchange (EUE), an underlying source of most of the environmental distribution conflicts in our time. The …

Commercial and biophysical deficits in South America, 1990–2013

By P. Samaniego, M.C. Vallejo, J. Martinez-AlierAbstractThis article analyses the Physical Trade Balances (PTB) of five South American economies since 1990. Both exports and imports (measured in tonnes) increased but …

Global patterns of metal extractivism, 1950–2010: Providing the bones for the industrial society’s skeleton

By Anke Schaffartzik, Andreas Mayer, Nina Eisenmenger and Fridolin Krausmann. Abstract During the second half of the 20th century, mining expanded globally and must be considered one of the dominant forms of …

The unequal exchange of Dutch cheese and Kenyan roses: Introducing and testing an LCA-based methodology for estimating ecologically unequal exchange

By Martin Oulu. Abstract The theory of ecologically unequal exchange (EUE) posits that international trade is structurally organized in a manner that allows a net transfer of resources from peripheral developing to …

Revisiting the Image of Limited Good. On Sustainability, Thermodynamics, and the Illusion of Creating Wealth

By Paul Trawick and Alf Hornborg. Abstract Two worldviews are now contending for cultural dominance: the open-system model long promoted by economists, here called the “image of unlimited good,” and a more …

Reversing the arrow of arrears: The concept of “ecological debt” and its value for environmental justice

By Rikard Warlenius, Gregory Pierce and Vasna Ramasar AbstractThe ecological debt concept emerged in the early 1990s from within social movements driven by rising environmental awareness, emerging Western consciousness of responsibility …

Between activism and science: grassroots concepts for sustainability coined by Environmental Justice Organizations

By Joan Martinez-Alier et al. Abstract In their own battles and strategy meetings since the early 1980s, EJOs (environmental justice organizations) and their networks have introduced several concepts to political ecology …

Latest from the Blog

The palm oil crisis in Nigeria – and beyond

By Burag Gurden. This article has been published by The Ecologist on 8 September.The use and spread of palm oil is beyond imagination; from cooking and manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and …

Climate history backs bold actions now to keep fossil fuels in the ground

By Nick Meynen. This article has been published by The Ecologist on 1 September. Thousands of protesters have occupied a coal mine near Cologne – the single largest emitter of CO2 …