Ecology in Rojava

Anna Lau, Erdelan Baran, and Melanie Sirinathsingh, “A Kurdish response to climate change,” November 18 2016, openDemocracy

Historical human societies have been based on structures of domination, with men controlling women, elites controlling masses of people and humans controlling nature. In Rojava, these structures are being combatted by women’s emancipation, ecology, and democracy.

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Ercan Ayboga, “Ecology Discussions and Practices in the Kurdish Freedom Struggle,” June 28 2018, Komun Academy.

A comprehensive essay by a specialist in Kurdish ecology, tracing the evolution of an ecological approach, including its basis in ancient communal practices, capitalist modernity’s treatment of the environment, and change when you make ecology a basic principle of the revolution.

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Matt Broomfield, “Planting trees below Turkish bombs in Syria.” February 18 2018, New Statesman.

 

Activists are working to “Make Rojava Green Again,” in an international campaign to plant thousands of trees, reverse damage caused by war and government-enforced monoculture, and reestablish a sustainable relationship between human and nature.