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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Meta Robinson

The Greening of Everyday Life

It was a great intellectual experience to be part of "The Greening of Everyday Life:

Reimagining Environmentalism in Postindustrial Societies" symposium at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU in Munich. Here's the resulting book, edited by John Meyer and Jens Kersten.

"The first of its kind, this volume provides a new distinctive approach to discuss environmental concerns in post-industrial society. The Greening of Everyday Life develops a distinctive new way of talking about environmental concerns in post-industrial society. It brings together several conceptual frameworks with a diversity of case studies and practical examples of efforts to orient everyday material practices toward greater sustainability. The volume builds upon internal criticisms of dominant strands of contemporary environmentalism in post-industrial societies, and develops a new approach which emerges from a number of disciplines, but is unified by a normative concern for the material objects and practices familiar to members of societies in their everyday lives. In exploring alternatives, the chapter authors utilize conceptual frameworks rooted in environmental justice, new materialism, and social practice theory and apply it to the everyday; attention to urban biodiversity, infrastructure for storm water run-off, green home remodelling, household toxicity, community gardens and farmers markets, bicycling and automobility, alternative technologies, and more. With contributions from leading international and emerging scholars, this volume critically explores specific strategies and actions taken to generate homes, communities, and livelihoods that might be scaled-up to promote more sustainable societies."

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