Socioecological literacy for Social Justice

This workstream is proposed with the objective of reflecting on what education we need today to build fairer societies from an eco-social perspective, which should have as an undeniable priority the socio-ecological literacy of our societies and their inhabitants.

It is presented as a workstream that allows connecting practical and material knowledge to re-articulate a way of life that can avoid the most harmful consequences of industrial and capitalist production, with a theoretical framework that changes the imaginary in the direction of a New Culture of the earth. A basic objective that education in its broadest sense – from the democratic paide that is forged in political and social spaces to the curricula of educational centers at all levels – must satisfy is to provide basic training on the actual functioning of the Human life in Gaia. In the face of the obscurantism of economicism that claims that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet, it is necessary to counterattack with an interdisciplinary formation that, starting from thermodynamics and biology, allows us to understand the nature of our interaction with the planet. And, from there, work on a humanistic approach that reflects on how to build lifestyles that make the limit imposed by that framework compatible with the construction of desirable lives in just and democratic societies. An ecologically conscious education must take with determination under its responsibility the visibility and illustration of the contemporary emergency scenario and the criticism and denunciation of the dynamics responsible for it. All of the above would constitute the heart of the work of this workstream in the context of the Chair.

From this workstream some activities have been organised:

  • [On-line course] Ecology or barbarism. The impossible return to normality or how not to get into a bigger mess after a global pandemic, by Adrián Almazán from Ecologístas en Acción (04/05/20 – 07/06/20)
  • The anthropocene: the era of the global ecosocial crisis, in collaboration with the Department of Contemporary History of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UAM and the Demospaz Institute (04/10/19).
  • March 15 (15M): An international strike against Climate Change, in collaboration with the research group GinTRANS ^ 2 (03/13/19).

In addition,Chair members have also participated in various conferences, seminars and seminars on the subject:

    • Rurality or barbarism, by Adrián Almazán. Within the framework of the “Tierra Cultura Vida” Cycle organised by the Cultural Association La Ortiga in Santander (Spain) (10/3/2019).
    • An era of new paradigms: ecology, food sovereignty, “slow” movement, Km O economy, energy transitionHow to place rurality in the center? by Adrián Almazán. Within the framework of “II Forum culture and ruralities. Rural + Urban, Urban + Rural. The territory as a system” organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in Soria (Spain) (06/05/2019).
    • A discussion: Human Rights and Ecosocial Challenges, by Adrán Almazán and Carmen Madorrán, within the framework of the I International Congress on Human Rights, Democracy, Culture of Peace and Nonviolence held at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) (05/31/2019 ).
    • From nature as an object to nature as an artifact: imaginary foundations of extractivism and its contemporary mutations, by Adrián Almazán. Within the framework of “Mining and Extractivism Seminar. Dialogue between the Academy and Social Movements ”organised by the HUM952 – STAND Group of the University of Granada, in Granada (Spain) (05/09/2019).