Reading (& Watching) List

Urban outfitters: The Nature Conservancy goes to the city by Greg Hanscom for Grist.

“There are more species in New York City than in Yellowstone,” [Bill Ulfelder] says. “New York City has humpback whales and sharks, peregrine falcon, and sturgeon. There’s stuff worth conserving here.”


Any Sufficiently Advanced Civilization is Indistinguishable from Nature by Rachel Armstrong for Next Nature.

Ecologist Fern Wickson argues that humans are intertwined in a complex web of biological systems and cannot be included within a definition of nature where “an atom bomb becomes as ‘natural’ as an anthill” and wonders whether there is a better definition of nature.

Garbage explains how we can be connected to nature – but not in an unlimited way. We subjectively distinguish ourselves from the natural world by ‘editing’ our networks through the process of making garbage. We choose what is important to us by applying cultural, rather than material criteria, which does not lend itself to empirical measurement.


Growth Assembly – Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp from Sascha Pohflepp on Vimeo.