Decoloniality and the New Ethics of Climate and Nature

In a guest blog for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Jess Auerbach, an anthropology professor at North-West University in South Africa, argues that a new approach for researching and acting on climate change is essential – one that is open to and draws on new sources and forms of non-Western knowledge.  She challenges her students to “decolonise our minds” and engage intersectional complexities with inclusive, diverse teams incorporating a range of knowledge sources and perspectives. However, she asks “will the knowledge systems they progress through allow them to make the necessary changes, or will the institutionalised habits of previous generations stand in their way?” To read her blog, click HERE