Environmentalist discourse has familiarized us with the idea that human beings are members of the “ecological community,” and that this membership comes with obligations that our species has sorely neglected. This popular understanding of “community,” however, frequently obscures what the term signifies in scientific ecology, where it is more or less synonymous with “food web”: being a member of an ecological community means, above all, to prey and to be preyed upon, and to be a host for other species. The life of every organism is a gift from the ecological community of which it is a part; but as long as it is alive, it will seek to defer the date of reciprocal donation for as long as it can.
Arguably one of the most alluring environmental images, the garden enjoys a poetic, aesthetic, and mythological presence across many cultures and throughout all ages. At the same time, gardens have always been real, material spaces that served a variety of social, economic, and scientific purposes and continue to do so. Whether as poetic image or as real space, gardens always represent historically contingent and culturally variegated environmental practices. They emerge from the real and imagined interactions between human and non-human agents.
Understanding Climate Scepticism with Dr. Greg Garrard Thursday, 26 May 2016; 19:00 CET Understanding Climate Scepticism: Environmental Communication Meets Ecocriticism Context Environmentalists... Read More