International Date Line
Since I have had very late evening habits in Seoul, I guess it will be difficult for me to catch much sleep before we get into Vancouver. Instead I have tried to finalize my conference presentation and gone through the latest issue of Environmental Politics. Whenever I read these representations of mainstream environmental scholarship, I feel that there are so much more to be said and so many more important conversations to be had. Of course, at times, I must admit that it can also feel rather hopeless. That it would be better for me personally to simply give up on green political theory and do something completely different, be it the politics of the Weimar years or mySQL databases. But the environment is not just any question. The way we chose to relate to it will most likely determine the very future of human civilization. It is thus literally impossible to be on the side-lines of these engagements. In the coming decades, as the environmental crisis is prone to become even more acute, we will probably see more of both ecosocialist and neoliberal millennialism. Under such circumstances, it will be more important than ever to stand in the middle and to point to the possibilities of cross-class compromises and to remind people that human beings are an asset and not a liability.