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Green Wave showcases some of the best articles from the Green European Journal - Europe’s leading political ecology magazine offering green & progressive ideas and analysis.

For the text version of the articles and printed editions go to greeneuropeanjournal.eu, or follow GEJ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GreenEUJournal.

Green Wave is also part of EuroPod, a network of European podcast shows which brings together journalistic, cultural, and institutional views on political and societal trends in Europe and beyond.
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This week, we tell the story of how, for one Italian town, democracy is an ongoing struggle for environmental justice and self-determination. A story of democratic exclusion that began with the building of a petrochemical plant on the edge of the town by state-run chemical giant EniChem in the early 1970s.Hear more about the deep scars that have been left on the land and the town's inhabitants by cultural and industrial colonisation. Written by Federico Ambrosini and  Sofia Cherici.Read by Gail Rego.Text version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/promised-lands-in-manfredonia-environmental-justice-is-about-democracy/This article is from our brand-new edition: Democracy Ever After? Perspectives on Power and Representation which examines the struggle over democracy and representation in Europe today. It's out now and available to read online and order in print at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/. For the first time, you can subscribe to receive future print editions too. 
In this episode, we are going to Finland. For over a century, Finland has pioneered women’s representation in politics. But discrimination still casts a long shadow over the country.What can Finland, possibly the most gender-equal country in the world but one that still has many problems, teach us about the long journey from representation to equality?Written by Silja Kudel.Read by Gail Rego.Text version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/feminist-finland-from-representation-to-equality/This article is from our brand-new edition: Democracy Ever After? Perspectives on Power and Representation which examines the struggle over democracy and representation in Europe today. It's out now and available to read online and order in print at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/. For the first time, you can subscribe to receive future print editions too. 
This week, we are going to the UK! The UK government’s handling of Brexit and the health crisis has been undeniably chaotic and venal. In a bid to distract the public and shore up its own power, the government has sought to exploit cultural issues to the detriment of democratic rights and norms, putting already vulnerable groups further at risk. Green peer Natalie Bennett explains how this has led to an increasingly authoritarian turn against minority rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.Written by Natalie Bennett.Read by Julia Lagoutte.Text version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/a-state-of-disrepair-democracy-in-the-united-kingdom/.This article is from our brand-new edition: Democracy Ever After? Perspectives on Power and Representation which examines the struggle over democracy and representation in Europe today. It's out now and available to read online and order in print at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/. For the first time, you can subscribe to receive future print editions too. 
This week, we are going to Italy.In February, Mario Draghi, got sworn-in as Italy's next prime minister and formed a coalition government to end months of political stalemate.However, this coalition doesn't have an easy brief.In this episode, journalist Luca Misculin lays out the challenges that Draghi is likely to face.Written by Luca Misculin.Read by Julia Lagoutte.Text version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/draghis-team-of-rivals/
2021 is Germany's "super election year"!The end of Merkel era, the rise of the Greens, the fallout from the pandemic.Roderick Kefferputz analyses the year ahead in German politics and the latest on the prospects of the German Greens in 2021.Written by Roderick Kefferpütz.Read by Julia Lagoutte.Text version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/germanys-year-of-elections-has-the-pandemic-scuppered-the-green-rise/
This week, we talk migration and essential work. Migration has been a dividing line in politics in recent years. But the fact remains that society would not function without the contributions of people from other countries. In this episode, we hear from migrant workers in Greece, Iran, and South Africa on their experiences of #COVID19.Written by Cláudia Santos, Felix Kwabena, Marula Tsagkari. Read by Gail Rego.Text version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/essential-voices-migrant-workers-on-living-through-the-pandemicThis article is from our latest edition: Life Under Shock: Understanding the Pandemic which analyses the ongoing health crisis, asking what it means for our politics and society both today and for the years to come. It's out now and available to read online in its entirety for free and order straight to your door at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu.
The pandemic has exposed many unresolved challenges for older members of society – social care, the digital divide, loneliness - sparking a conversation about ageing societies that is often deferred. In this episode, Christa Möller-Metzger from the European Network of Green Seniors argues it's time for a new generational compromise built around connection, participation, and solidarity and to create inclusive spaces and build a society where people of all ages and backgrounds meet and live together.Written by Christa Möller-Metzger.Read by Gail Rego.Text version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/beyond-the-bubble-ageing-solidarity-and-covid-19/.This article is from our new edition: Life Under Shock: Understanding the Pandemic which analyses the ongoing health crisis, asking what it means for our politics and society both today and for the years to come. It's out now and available to read online in its entirety for free and order straight to your door at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu.
What kind of economy do we want?The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that some economic sectors are more important than others for meeting our basic needs and making a “good life” possible. Alexandra Strickner, Andreas Novy, Leonhard Plank, and Richard Bärnthaler explores new ways of seeing the economy, work, and contribution.Written by Alexandra Strickner, Andreas Novy, Leonhard Plank, and Richard Bärnthaler. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/the-foundational-economy-for-a-good-life/. This article is from our new edition: Life Under Shock: Understanding the Pandemic which analyses the ongoing health crisis, asking what it means for our politics and society both today and for the years to come. It's out now and available to read online in its entirety for free and order straight to your door at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu.
Since the pandemic began, different countries have taken different approaches to the Covid19 crisis.In the last episode of this year, sociologist Jean De Munck maps the different government responses to the health crisis and reveals which system of government is key for a green future. Written by Jean De Munck. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/three-responses-to-the-crisis/. This article is from our new edition: Life Under Shock: Understanding the Pandemic which analyses the ongoing health crisis, asking what it means for our politics and society both today and for the years to come. It's out now and available to read online in its entirety for free and order straight to your door at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu.
In this episode, Peter Newell asks: Has the time arrived for a global green politics?As the debate continues over ideas and visions about what the post-pandemic world could and should look like, it is time for Greens to make the case for a global green politics that lays out a real alternative to current ways of thinking about the economy, security, international development, and sustainability.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu).Written by Peter Newell. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text Version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/global-green-politics-in-a-time-of-crisis/
Some said the pandemic had one upside: a chance for the environment to recover. However, such assumptions may be severely misguided.In this episode, Camille Nedelec debunks this myth and explores the ripple effects of the pandemic on plastic production and recycling.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu). Written by Camille Nedelec. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text Version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/how-the-pandemic-has-hit-plastics-recycling/
This week, we're all about important questions!- How can people believe that the “climate fight” will be won if, at the national level, climate action is only paid lip service?- What kind of state is needed for a successful ecological transition?- What would a Green state look like? All explained in this episode.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu). Written by Lucile Schmid. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text Version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/another-state-is-possible-greening-the-levers-of-power/This article is from our new edition: A World Alive - Green Politics in Europe and Beyond which maps the forces, strategies, and ideas driving green politics and thinking today. It's out now and available to read online or download as PDF for free at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu
This week, we're going to France. On June 28, the Greens of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) confirmed their role as change makers in French politics as the #GreenWave swept through the country in the second round of the local elections. Green-led coalitions now govern several key cities including Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Besançon, Tours, and Poitiers.How was this made possible? - Explained in this episode.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu). Written by Quentin Ariès. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text Version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/the-green-surge-in-french-locals-explained/
Let's talk about #COVID19 and the economy!As a response to the pandemic, many governments have introduced short-term cash transfers for self-employed and precarious workers.But do these policies bring long-term resilience and security?The argument for a permanent, universal basic income grows stronger.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu). Written by Jamie Cooke & Jurgen De Wispelaere. Read by Gail Rego. Text Version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/basic-income-and-pandemic-preparedness/
This episode is all about rebellion! Extinction Rebellion erupted in 2018 in the UK. It denounces the political inertia and obfuscation of “truth” that permeate climate change debates. Since then, XR has spread like wildfire and now gathers thousands of activists worldwide. In this episode, Louise Knops explores how the movement channels affect at a pivotal moment in which climate has become a concern for everyone, not just activists and academia. Looking forward, she asks how we can move from insurrection to renewal.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu). Written by Louise Knops.Read by Gail Rego. Text Version: www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/on-the-love-and-rage-of-extinction-rebellion/
This week, we're going to Germany. As the energy transition debate continues, land-intensive extraction processes continue to displace villages across the German lignite belt. Based on their fieldwork, Paula Castro and Hannah Porada analyse the experiences of villagers near the Garzweiler mine in the Rhineland.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu).Written by Paula Castro & Hannah Porada.Read by Julia Lagoutte.Text Version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/resettling-villages-unsettling-lives/This article is from our new edition: A World Alive - Green Politics in Europe and Beyond which maps the forces, strategies, and ideas driving green politics and thinking today. It's out now and available to read online or download as PDF for free at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu
This week, we're taking a break from everything to talk about 'time'.As millions are now working from home due to #COVID19, consistently, for the first time, we need to reconsider our relationships with time, work, leisure, and sleep and recognise the importance of an ecological appreciation of time.Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu). Written by Robert Magowan. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text Version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/putting-time-at-the-heart-of-political-ecology/
The #Covid_19 pandemic has fundamentally questioned how society should be organised to ensure health and wellbeing for all. It’s time for a paradigm shift: from a sleepwalking society focused on profit, competition, and consumption, to a future-oriented one that prioritises investment, cooperation, and wellbeing. In this episode, Dirk Holemans argues that the guiding principle for recovery should be resilience and says “Let COVID-19 be a wake-up call that puts an end to sleepwalking.”Produced by the Green European Journal (www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu).Written by Dirk Holemans. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text Version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/after-industrialism-reviving-nature-in-the-21st-century/
This week, we are talking about ecologism which emerged as a critique of industrialism, the ideology that binds liberalism, conservativism, and socialism. It develops these three dominant political traditions by recognising nature as the basis for the human’s existence and development.Due to the crisis of the human in nature, the ecologisation of human society needs to happen now.Written by Reinhard Olschanski. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/after-industrialism-reviving-nature-in-the-21st-century/This article is from our new edition: A World Alive - Green Politics in Europe and Beyond which maps the forces, strategies, and ideas driving green politics and thinking today. It's out now and available to read online or download as PDF for free at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu
This week, we're taking a tour around the different worlds of Green Politics, namely: three forces leading political ecology today – green socialism, the radical critics of modernity, and elite technocracy. While their diagnoses differ fundamentally, much is resting on them getting along.Written by Pierre Charbonnier. Read by Julia Lagoutte. Text version: https://www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu/the-three-tribes-of-political-ecology/This article is from our new edition: A World Alive - Green Politics in Europe and Beyond which maps the forces, strategies, and ideas driving green politics and thinking today. It's out now and available to read online or download as PDF for free at www.greeneuropeanjournal.eu.
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jules Lag

Great podcast!

Apr 18th
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