Whole Earth Revision
Location: IMPAKT main programme online
Panel discussion //
With: Julia Watson, Chihiro Geuzebroek and Bram Büscher
Moderator: Hasna El Maroudi
In the 1960s the American counterculture magazine Whole Earth Catalog presented a self-sufficient, ecological lifestyle for the future, in which both ancient methods and the latest technologies would play a role. Fifty years later we might wonder: is it even possible to develop sustainable, environment-friendly technologies that can serve everybody? And how can we scale-up these technologies on a global level? We need an inclusive, holistic approach to bring about structural change.
In practice, this means that we need to take into account all the inhabitants of the earth — even those already affected by climate change. From their respective research projects and backgrounds, the speakers in this panel argue in favour of a broader understanding of technology, embracing existing Indigenous knowledge and a new relationship between humans and nature.
Julia Watson― Speaker
Landscape designer and educator, Julia Watson is a leading expert on indigenous technologies. Her bestselling book with Taschen, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Monocle, Architectural Digest, and more. Regularly teaching at Harvard and Columbia University, Julia’s studio work involves landscape and urban design, along with public speaking and consulting with brands on sustainability. In her studio, she collaborates with a horticulturist as Watson Salembier, with a focus on rewilding and has just completed the summer gardens for Rockefeller Center using a native plant palette inspired by the American meadow. Julia has written for Topos, Landscape Architecture Frontier, ioARCH, Kerb, Water Urbanisms East and co-authored A Spiritual Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage. She’s a 2020 TED speaker, and a fellow of Summit REALITY, Pop!tech, & The Christensen Fund. Born in Australia, she regularly treks across the globe.
Chihiro Geuzebroek― Speaker
Chihiro Geuzebroek is a decolonial climate justice public speaker, spoken word artist and filmmaker. She produced and directed the activist coming of age feature documentary Radical Friends. She has been active in grassroots activism for over decade including filming for and participating in Code Rood, Shell Must Fall coalition, Climate Liberation Bloc, Fossil Free Culture. She co-founded pan-decolonial foundation Aralez. She is working as Story Advisor with Greenpeace International and producing an exhibition in collaboration with Milieudefensie called People Powered Movement vs Shell - a century of decolonial contestation.
Hasna El Maroudi― Moderator
Hasna El Maroudi (Rotterdam, 1985) is co-founder van het feministische platform Magazine Lilith. Ze is journalist, columnist, programmamaker en presentator. Haar werk is o.m. verschenen in NRC Handelsblad, Trouw, de Volkskrant, The Huffington Post en Der Spiegel. Ook is ze het presentatiegezicht van de Vers Beton Live show en regelmatig te horen op NPO Radio 1 in het Mediaforum. Foto door Laila Cohen
Bram Büscher― Speaker
Bram Büscher is Professor and Chair of the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University and holds visiting positions at the University of Johannesburg and Stellenbosch University. Bram has published widely on the relations between nature, development and politics and is the author of ‘Transforming the Frontier. Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa’ (Duke University Press, 2013) and co-author, together with Robert Fletcher, of ‘The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene’ (Verso, 2020). Bram is one of the senior editors of Conservation & Society (www.conservationandsociety.org).