Can the agora be reclaimed as a space for global advancement on ecological questions?
Philosopher Bruno Latour discusses the anthropocentric limitations of the agora concept in the context of ecological questions, noting that the reason why the agora is empty is because it’s still humans talking to humans about human things and not about things more generally, the entities with which we share our lives. He suggests that instead of attempting to resuscitate the agora, we should turn to the old Norse/Nordic concept of the Ting (Old Norse/Icelandic þing) as a model better suited to the challenges of the Anthropocene.
How can ordinary people help mitigate climate change?
Environmental humanities researcher Steven Hartman reflects on some of the ways that individuals can have far-reaching effects globally in climate change mitigation efforts by banding together with neighbors, friends, family and colleagues to focus on smaller and more manageable local challenges.