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Science for the People seeks proposals for articles, art, and other content for the upcoming issue, “A People’s Green New Deal” (Volume 23, Number 2, summer 2020). 

With this issue, SftP hopes to contribute to the outpouring of ideas, organizing, support, and criticism that have greeted the Green New Deal (GND) proposal over the past year, and to help shape the contours of global climate struggles and solutions. 

“A People’s Green New Deal” seeks to (1) bolster the movement’s own technical knowledge base, (2) challenge colonial and capitalist scientific and technical knowledge, and methods of making knowledge, and (3) provide a forum for organizing reports and discussions about strategy, tactics, and general political outlook. 

This issue advances an emancipatory climate vision: we take as a given that our planetary future depends on the military industrial complex being downsized and dismantled; on wealth being redistributed; and on solidarity beating back racism, colonialism, extractivism, gender violence, and commodification. We seek submissions that shed light on these climate imperatives in new and creative ways and that sharpen our readers’ understanding of who and what can advance the truly radical climate solutions we need.

The Climate Debates We Should Be Having

After decades of lies and distractions, we have finally moved beyond a false “debate” about whether or not climate change is happening and caused by humanity.

Many real debates remain. Changing everything about the way our society grows its food and powers its activities will involve difficult trade-offs, incredible social disruption, and the deployment of technologies in new ways. SftP seeks submissions that illuminate these debates in a comradely spirit.

From warnings to action

The year 2019 saw a flourishing of climate mobilization: fuel price uprisings in France and Ecuador; ongoing Indigenous resistance and the proposal for a Red Deal; climate change organizing in labor unions and workplaces; the explosive growth of Sunrise Movement, Extinction Rebellion, and the youth climate strikes. 

Scientists, engineers, technicians, and tech workers have been part of this organizing upsurge. We welcome case studies, organizing reports, stories of success or failure, lessons learned, and plans for future action.

The knowledge we need (and how to (re)create it)

Communities all over the world are experimenting with new ways of relating to each other and to non-human nature, often fortifying and restoring traditional practices. How is intellectual work being done in our communities to generate the knowledge and skills we need to build a future beyond the climate crisis?

We especially welcome submissions from social scientists, educators, and those who leverage Indigenous history and work done outside the capitalist scientific establishment to draw lessons for today’s climate organizing.

Submission Guidelines:

Science for the People is soliciting proposals on these subjects from all countries and regions. We compensate authors and artists for their work.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 10, 2020

Narrative Content:

We accept proposals for features, short essays, opinions, book and media reviews, and poetry.

Visual and hybrid content:

We accept submissions for photography and photo essays, maps and data visualizations, interactive graphics, illustrations, cartoons, and other artwork.

Science for the People articles are geared toward non-specialists, and are written in a journalistic format. We will consider submissions from scientists across the STEM fields; scholars working in science and technology studies; as well as non-scientists and non-specialists. 

We encourage submissions from activists and those organizing in the sciences, as well as those working in the humanities and arts at the intersection of science. We particularly welcome women, people of color, non-binary individuals, and others traditionally underrepresented in these fields to send submissions to Science for the People.

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Science for the People
solicita propuestas de artículos, material gráfico, y otro contenido para el próximo número, “Un Green New Deal Popular” (Volumen 23, Número 2, Verano 2020).

Con esta edición, SftP espera contribuir al flujo de ideas, organización, apoyo y críticas que ha recibido la propuesta del Green New Deal (GND) durante el año pasado, y ayudar a moldear las luchas y soluciones climáticas globales.

“Un Green New Deal Popular” busca (1) reforzar el propio conocimiento técnico del movimiento, (2) desafiar a la ciencia, al conocimiento técnico y a los métodos de creación del conocimiento al servicio del capitalismo y del colonialismo, y (3) proporcionar un foro para informes de organización y debates sobre estrategia, táctica y perspectivas políticas generales.

Esta edición promueve una visión climática emancipadora: damos por hecho que nuestro futuro planetario depende de disminuir y desmantelar el complejo industrial militar; de la redistribución de la riqueza; y de la solidaridad contra el racismo, el colonialismo, el extractivismo, la violencia de género y la mercantilización. Buscamos propuestas que arrojen luz sobre estos imperativos climáticos de formas nuevas y creativas y que agudicen la comprensión de nuestros lectores sobre quién y qué puede hacer avanzar las soluciones climáticas realmente radicales que necesitamos.

Los debates climáticos que deberíamos tener

Después de décadas de mentiras y distracciones, finalmente nos hemos movido más allá de un falso “debate” sobre si el cambio climático antropogénico está ocurriendo o no.

Quedan muchos debates reales. Modificar radicalmente la forma en que nuestra sociedad cultiva sus alimentos y potencia sus actividades implica compromisos difíciles, una perturbación social enorme y la utilización de las tecnologías en formas alternativas. Science for the People busca propuestas que iluminen estos debates con un espíritu de compañerismo.

De las alarmas a la acción

En el año 2019 hemos vivido un florecimiento de la movilización climática: levantamientos contra el precio del combustible en Francia y Ecuador; resistencia indígena y la propuesta de un Red Deal; organización sobre el cambio climático en sindicatos y lugares de trabajo; y el crecimiento explosivo de movimientos como Sunrise, Extinction Rebellion y las huelgas climáticas juveniles.

Científicos, ingenieros, técnicos y trabajadores del sector tecnológico han sido parte de este aumento de movilización. Acogemos estudios de casos, informes de organización, historias de éxito o fracaso, lecciones aprendidas y planes para acciones futuras.

El conocimiento que necesitamos (y cómo (re)crearlo)

Comunidades de todo el mundo están experimentando con nuevas formas de relacionarse entre ellas y con la naturaleza no humana, fortificando y restaurando prácticas tradicionales. ¿De qué manera el trabajo intelectual de nuestras comunidades está generando los conocimientos y las habilidades que necesitamos para construir un futuro tras la crisis climática? 

Invitamos propuestas de científicos sociales, educadores y aquellos que utilizan la historia y el trabajo de culturas indígenas ajenas al establishment científico capitalista para elucidar lecciones útiles en la lucha contra el cambio climático hoy en dia.

Directrices para la presentación:

Science for the People solicita propuestas sobre estos temas desde todos los países y regiones. Ofrecemos una recompensa económica a autores y artistas por sus contribuciones.

Los artículos seleccionados pueden ser publicados en inglés en formato papel, y en el idioma original en nuestra página web.

Fecha límite: 10 de enero de 2020

Contenido Narrativo

Consideramos artículos, relatos breves, poesías, y críticas de libros.

Contenido visual y mixto

Aceptamos propuestas en formato de fotografía y ensayos fotográficos, mapas y visualizaciones de datos, gráficos interactivos, ilustraciones, viñetas, y otros trabajos de arte.

Los artículos de Science for the People están orientados hacia un público no especialista, y están escritos en un formato periodístico. Tenemos en cuenta propuestas de científicos en todos los ámbitos de la ciencia y tecnología, al igual que desde no científicos y no especialistas. 

Incentivamos especialmente propuestas por parte de activistas y organizadores en ciencia, y de trabajadores en humanidades y artes a la intersección con la ciencia. Invitamos con especial entusiasmo a mujeres, personas racializadas, personas no binarias, y otros colectivos tradicionalmente infrarrepresentados en estos campos, a enviar propuestas a Science for the People.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA PRESENTAR SU SOLICITUD

Need more information? Here are some of the questions the People’s Green New Deal Editorial Collective members are asking ourselves in imagining this issue of the magazine.

What are the social and environmental costs of various forms of non-fossil energy, and what trade-offs (such as temporary reliance on nuclear energy or on dangerous refrigerant gases, or the construction of new long distance transmission lines) might be needed?

What is the proper venue of action on climate? Is it possible for a “People’s” Green New Deal to be spearheaded by the United States government? What is the role of, for instance, autonomous Indigenous communities, and how will their perspectives drive action and analysis? What is the role of technical “expertise” in this process? Of ownership and governance models, such as community-, cooperatively-, or municipally-owned energy resources?

How much carbon can we actually store in soils and forests, or in the built environment (via mass timber or carbon-negative concrete)? What are the most promising proposals for doing so, and what are the associated economic and political hurdles? What trade-offs with other land or resource uses might exist? What precautions should be made for inert vs active forms of storage?

What does “carbon neutral” really mean, and is there a place for offsets in the green transition?

How much of a role should market-based activities play in the climate transition? What are the positive and negative aspects of carbon taxation, privately-driven renewable energy, clean transportation, or resilience initiatives, or other market approaches to addressing the climate crisis?

What are the assumptions behind prominent estimates of job creation/losses from a Green New Deal? What biases do various proposals have toward core capitalist countries versus countries of the Global South?

What role do workers in STEM fields have to play in climate organizing? How can we best support the above groups who are leading the charge?

How can we better organize our colleagues and overcome inertia and conservatism within STEM workplaces?

Who are the corporate entities monopolizing the technical knowledge we need to transition away from unsustainable and polluting systems? How much of our current understanding of environmental resources and risk is privatized within the financial, insurance, real estate, civil engineering, and other industries?

What are the most under-studied issues in climate forecasting, and why? Do the global climate models have biases toward certain regions? Where are the gaps in our current climate knowledge and where do those fall along the lines of global power?

What does a bottom-up research agenda for the climate crisis look like?