By Sidra Capriolo, Teagan Carpenter, Lindsay Douglass, Alexa Draper, Julia Feldman, Emma Grupe, Katelynne Hernández Guardado, Thomas Jones, Olivia Kelly, Hannah Lopez Kiperman, Anastasia Panomitros, Cecily Pryor, Ames Radwan, Max Rionda, Samuel Ross, Cassidy Waldrep, and Iñaki Prádanos.
Ecofeminism is a sociopolitical response to the civilizational collapse that addresses the intersectionality between the ecological crisis and patriarchal oppression. According to ecofeminism, both of these crises have interconnected roots: the patriarchy, capitalism, and colonialism. In order to counter ecological destruction and social exploitation, it is crucial to deal with the structural sources that create unsustainability and inequality. This requires collaboration between the ecological and feminist movements, as the exploitation of the human and non-human alike have common roots. From an ecofeminist perspective, all structures of oppression are intimately connected. For example, what is served on the table in Europe directly relates to racism and violence as experienced by indigenous women in Brazil.
Ecofeminism investigates the interconnections between patriarchal oppression, capitalist extractivism, and the ecological crisis. As a philosophical, political, and activist movement, it is defined by its opposition to domination over women, marginalized people, and the planet. Colonial, capitalist, and patriarchal domination propagates an unacceptable global inequality and results in the collapse of planetary living systems. Ecofeminism advocates for equality, environmental justice, the culture of the commons, and the ethics of care as a formula to eliminate the processes that generate poverty and extinction on a global scale. Ecofeminism fights against preeminent ideologies of domination and directly opposes capitalism, racism, sexism, and colonialism. In sum, it opposes all of the hierarchical institutions that transmute differences into inequalities. Ecofeminism proposes putting life at the center of social organization in order to collectively guarantee the reproduction of life (rather than reproduction of capital), thus generating collective abundance and community cohesion. The fundamental objective is to promote diverse, egalitarian, regenerative, and collaborative cultures.
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