Posts tagged ‘Environmentalism’

Livet er best ute

Livet er best ute: Friluftslivets historie og filosofi, (Oslo: Kagge Forlag, 2022)

Livet er best ute. Eller er det egentlig det, spør Peder Anker i denne boken om friluftslivets historie og filosofi. Med friluftslivet som et utgangspunkt forteller Anker om våre uartikulerte verdier og tradisjoner, slik de ser ut fra fjellet, skogen og svaberget. For lengselen etter friluftslivet er det vi har felles, mener han.

Denne boken har han skrevet for alle de som synes livet er best ute. Leseren trenger ikke noen andre egenskaper for å bli med på å utforske hva friluftslivet er for noe. Anker tar leseren med på en personlig vandring igjennom friluftslivets historie, kultur og filosofi. Det er en tur i et mykt lettgått terreng, med en og annen utfordrende skrent. For det må til for å nå fjellets topp. Der får leseren hvile sine tanker ved varme kilder. Selv om turen er rimelig enkel, så er den på ingen måte ufarlig. Det er mektige motkrefter som undergraver friluftslivet, påpeker Anker, både i oss selv og i samfunnet rundt oss. Friluftslivet er truet. Denne boken søker derfor å fornye og utfordre, med vekt på naturvern.

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June 16, 2022 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Greenwashing a Nation

“Greenwashing a Nation,” LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15 (Spring 2022), 100-105. [PDF]

Norwegians like to think of Norway as being an alternative environmentally sound nation compared with the rest of the world. They fashion themselves and their country as a microcosm for a better macrocosm. The reality is that this greenwashing of a nation is powered by the money from the oil, and that my native Norway has little to be proud about.


April 8, 2022 at 11:44 am 1 comment

Greenhouse Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery

Environmental Humanities Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery, The Greenhouse, University of Stavanger, Nov. 2, 2020.

November 6, 2020 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery

Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery: How Norway became an Environmental Pioneer for the World. Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, Oct. 6 2020.

In conversation with Eric Klinenberg. Recording on YouTube

October 7, 2020 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

My review of Embattled River

David Schuyler, Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism, (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018).

 The Journal of American Studies, 54:4 (2020), E50. [PDF]

September 21, 2020 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

My review of The Dawn of Green

Harriet Ritvo, The Dawn of Green
     American Historical Review, Dec. 2010, 1532-3.

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June 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

The Ecological Colonization of Space

The Ecological Colonization of Space,” Environmental History, 10:2 (2005), 239-268.

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This article claims that the prospect of space colonization has been of significant importance with respect to ecological debate, methodology and practice. Cabin ecological research of the improvement of submarines and underground shelters serves as the background for understanding the emergence of the “carrying capacity” concept adopted by the space program of the 1960s. Ecologists involved in space research aimed at constructing cabin ecological systems for spaceships that were subsequently used as models to understand Spaceship Earth. Space colonies came to represent the rational, orderly, and wisely managed contrast to the irrational, disorderly, and ill managed Earth. Human environmental and moral space was to be reordered according to the ideals of cabin ecology and the astronaut’s life in outer space. Despite criticisms of the managerial ethics of space colonization in the mid 1970s, cabin ecology and space technology have became important tools for ecological management. Biosphere 2 was built in Arizona as a prototype for future colonies on Mars, for example. It currently serves as a model for how humans should live within Biosphere 1 (the Earth). The challenge of today is how to get out of the intellectual capsule that ecologists have created for environmentally concerned humanists.

May 23, 2011 at 11:53 am 3 comments


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