The Future We Want: A Feminist Perspective


Wichterich, Christa. 2012. The Future We Want: A Feminist Perspective. Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Author: Christa Wichterich


"Feminist ecological and economic models and utopias are regaining ground. For the Heinrich Böll Foundation it is crucial to make these ideas heard and to give them greater prominence within the larger discourse on a post-growth, equitable world. Our perspective on the great transformations and the quest for a better life is critical of growth and, at the same time, gendered: The “future we want” is a future that thinks of gender justice as inseparable from ecological and social sustainability – one that discusses and strives for new models of prosperity, quality of life, and the social dimension of global restructuring in terms that take account of gender. Christa Wichterich’s essay provides the analytical foundations for this vision. It points to spheres of political action that are especially interesting and relevant for contemporary ecofeminism. The essay is part of a series of publications on Rio+20, a series that intends to promote new emphases that are able to break down blockages in thought and action – and thus to create a space for social innovations, something we need much more urgently than technological ones" (Unmüßig 2012, 7-8).

Table of Contents:
1. Back on the Agenda: Gender and Ecology
2. The Chernobylian Turn and Global Governance through UNCED
3. Climate and Gender Justice
4. Food and Agriculture
5. Multiple Crises, Green Economy, and a Critique of Growth
6. Outlook: Occupy the Future

Topics: Economies, Ecological Economics, Feminist Economics, Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Gender

Year: 2012

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