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Allan Lasser

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Critical Ecology with Suzanne Pierre

alieward.com

I loved this interview with Dr. Suzanne Pierre, founder of the Critical Ecology Lab on Alie Ward’s Ologies podcast. The way Dr. Pierre frames her study of ecology within critical theory opens the space to questioning how power operates within a larger, living landscape. For example, when she asks how the ecologies of the South was impacted by applying forced human labor to establish cotton monocultures, the answers require reckoning with the scale of America’s slavery system and add a new dimension to our understanding of its lasting impacts. This way of thinking is inspiring as I start getting deeper into thinking about ecological systems and start forming my own questions about them.