Anna Pigott

Researching, writing and learning in an Environmental Humanities-kind-of-way


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Decolonising Environmentalism: two big words and a whole lot of love

As I sit down to write this, it has started to rain in Swansea after two weeks or more of unusually hot and dry weather. My neighbourhood adopts a different character; smells and sounds that have not been experienced for days. It is as though a pause button has been pressed, while the sky replenishes life: hydrologically, physically, emotionally. Even our cat comes in for a cuddle. I recall a line from Thank You For The Rain, a documentary film by Kisilu Musya and Julia Dahr, screened at Gentle/Radical’s Decolonising Environmentalism event on Saturday: “the sky is mother of all life”, observed Christina, a Kenyan farmer struggling to survive with her husband and children in an increasingly arid land.

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Christina and Kisilu with two of their children. Watch the official film trailer here. Photo courtesy of Thank You For The Rain.

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‘Don’t call me stupid’: a surprising approach to the climate conundrum

After years of becoming more and more deeply convinced by the idea that we humans need to disturb nature less, to consume less, to stop pursuing growth and to take heed of our ‘environmental limits’, I have recently stumbled upon some quite surprising literature which claims “No! Stop! It’s not about LESS – it has to be about MORE!” Admittedly, this literature stems from a decade or so ago and I am behind the times in discovering it, but its arguments have struck me because they are, I think, important and yet still, 10 years on, largely absent from mainstream ‘environmentalism’ as far as I can tell.    Continue reading