The destruction of the environment, climate change, and the loss of quality of life characterize our day-to-day life. The consequences of societal growth are becoming more and more noticeable, while limits of the planet are being reached at the same time. Discussions about green growth and decisions regarding individualized ecological consumption obscure capitalist society’s role as the root of these problems—moreover, individuals in economically powerful positions remain unaffected. Reducing social imbalances as well as redistributing societal, economic, and political power is necessary in order to build a social and sustainable society. Socio-ecological transformation offers not only possible actions, but also a perspective on general changes in the economy and society toward a sustainable way of producing and living.
Part of the lecture series Security Revisited: Infrastructures for Caring Communities
Lecture in German
The insecurity currently being experienced calls for new interpretations that differ from the conservative discourse on security as well as from a defensive, a priori rejection of the very notion of security on the part of contemporary left. This ubiquitous sense of insecurity, which has been brought about by precarious living conditions and grim prospects for the future, shall be embedded in the context of shared care and transnational solidarity. In the framework of the lecture series Security Revisited, the Section for Architecture and the Section for Social Politics at the Forum Stadtpark have invited critical and emancipatory positions to discuss infrastructures of (in)security and outline possibilities for a new politics of care.
Alina Brad is a senior scientist at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her main areas of research are international ecological and resource politics, political ecology, socio-ecological transformation, and politics of scale. Her most recent publication is the book Der Palmölboom in Indonesien. Zur politischen Ökonomie einer umkämpften Ressource (The Boom in Palm Oil in Indonesia: On the Political Economy of a Contested Resource), published by Transcript.