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Mentalities of greening, governing, and getting rich

  • Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (ca. 1490).
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary ‘Before the Flood’ is fascinating not because of what it ‘says’ – and it doesn’t, in the last analysis, say much at all about environmental change that we don’t already know – but because of exactly what it leaves unsaid. Connor Cavangh in the Noragric Blog. 

Mentalities of greening, governing, and getting rich

Latest entry in the Noragric Blog by Postdoctoral Fellow Connor J. Cavanagh. First published in the Greenmentality Blog.

"Today, it seems that we all have the environment on our minds. Even Leonardo DiCaprio recently took a break from his alleged philandering and superyacht chartering to intone upon us commoners about the global environmental crisis, resulting in the National Geographic-produced and Netflix-hosted documentary Before the Flood. Waxing poetic on Hieronymus Bosch’s fifteenth century painting, 'The Garden of Earthly Delights', DiCaprio narrates in the film’s introduction that the Earth is akin to a “paradise that has been degraded and destroyed.” “We are knowingly doing this”, he continues, “I just want to know how far we’ve gone, and if there’s anything we can do to stop it.”

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This blog post is the first of a series from the Noragric-led project ‘Greenmentality: A Political Ecology of the Green Economy in the Global South’. The blog posts are published on the project website and cross-posted on the Noragric Blog.

Published 3. April 2018 - 14:50 - Updated 3. April 2018 - 14:51

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