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A foray through technology parks in Germany reveals: the infrastructures of the so-called “cloud” are in constant flux, like clouds in the sky. Unlike such clouds, however, they leave behind an immobile materiality: sealed surfaces and concrete, as well as an impenetrable web of private ownership, researcher Christoph Marischka argues in his contribution to the BG text series “After Extractivism.”
After the Gulf boom propelled the growth of both the region and of oil-devouring economies in the West, new realms of capitalist expansion are being developed in the name of smartness and sustainablity, ultimately reproducing the lasting systemic crisis of which Dubai is somewhat representative, researcher Özgün Eylül İşcen argues in her contribution to the BG text series “After Extractivism.”
Welzow, a provincial coal mining town in the Lusatian mining district of Eastern Germany, is an exemplary case of how the transition from extractivism to post-extractivism reaches the limit of anthropocentric technological solutionism, calling for a radically new approach, anthropologist Friederike Pank argues in her contribution to the BG text series “After Extractivism.”
At the edges of big cities, the world’s often unnoticed energy centers are arising to supply energy-guzzling growing cities with their lifeblood. But alternatives and lived counter-designs are also literally cultivated there, as activist and author Andrea Vetter shows in her contribution to the BG text series “After Extractivism,” drawing on an exemplary caring economy in the ex-GDR.
In the face of the Ukraine war, Green parties in Europe, e.g. in France, Germany, and Bulgaria, are advocating “pragmatic” solutions which nullify their much-vaunted “commitment to non-violence” and hold out the prospect of an end of the world even sooner than the climate catastrophe entails, Rositsa Kratunkova argues in her contribution to the BG’s “After Extractivism” text series.