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The Politics of Climate Action

with Max Ajl

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Visitors of this years’ International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) – Nature of Hope can access this event for the reduced price of €6,- (choose Reduction Ticket in our ticketshop).

Date: Thursday 29 August 2024
Time: 20:00 (drinks from 19:30)
Location: Nieuwe Instituut (auditorium), Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
Admission: €10,- (regular), €6,- (reduced)
Language: English

As the urgency of the climate crisis becomes more apparent, many have been advocating for policy alternatives to the business as usual approach. Using the ongoing planetary crisis as a moment for all out transformation, all over the world, variants of the Green New Deal have emerged – drawing together policy actions to combat the climate crisis in addition to tackling economic inequality. 

On Thursday 29 August, we welcome agrarian sociologist Max Ajl, author of A People’s Green New Deal to discuss how the various green transition movements can not only tell us about where we are, but what we need to do in order to bring about actionable policy change. Ajl diagnoses the roots of the current socio-ecological crisis as emerging from a world-system dominated by the logics of capitalism and imperialism. Resolving this crisis, he argues, requires nothing less than an infrastructural and agricultural transformation in the Global North, and the industrial convergence between North and South. 

In this event, a collaboration with the 11th edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) Nature of Hope, Max Ajl will give a lecture on what we can and must do in order to mobilise not only against climate change, but also towards a more hopeful and just future.

‘Hands-down the best book yet on the Green New Deal’
– Jason Hickel


Max Ajl

Max Ajl is a fellow at the Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb at the University of Tunis, a senior fellow at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies, University of Ghent, and an associated researcher at the Observatory of Food Sovereignty and the Environment, Tunis. He has authored A People’s Green New Deal and works on themes of political ecology. He is also an associate editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy and on the editorial board of Middle East Critique.

Hani Salih

Hani Salih is a researcher, writer, editor and curator sitting at the edge of a long list of disciplines and practices; Starting with architecture all the way over to systems and policy. Hani is interested in understanding wider contexts to social and cultural phenomena and is currently doing this through his teaching work in architecture and design education.

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