The title “Meteotopia” refers not only to the Climate Emergency we all live in, but also to the Climate Injustice that starts as an environmental problem to include both a political and a moral question. The Anthropocene (and its lately little brother Capitalocene) affect every planetary ecosystem as well as every living being and thus Climate Justice is the ethical obligation to create a more just and equitable world starting from the protection of human rights, and in particular for those populations that suffer the most from the consequences of climate change, even though they are not directly responsible for it: all the marginalized cultures, the future generations, the living animals and plants, all those left out of political discussions, G20 events, and financial speculations.
That’s why CoFUTURES in collaboration with Future Fiction, have selected some Science Fiction stories from the Global South to address some urgent themes and relevant issues, such as the abandonment of fossil fuels in favor of more efficient energy systems based on renewable resources; the creation of sustainable economies and cities in the long term, the relationship between individual choices and community politics in relation to new technologies and lifestyles; new ethics and morals to cope with the coming de-carbonization Era and downshifting to more inclusive paradigms; the reduction of waste, especially in the North of the world, but also by the elites of the South; repairing and reusing as a correct way to avoid technological, commercial and fashion obsolescence; conservation of environmental resources based on the rights of indigenous people and the democratic right of populations to sovereignty over their own resources: energy, forests, land, and water; new kind of governments, redistribution of rights and wealth.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
Introduction by Francesco Verso and Ana Rüsche
Eco-humans by Tlotlo Tsamaase (Botswana)
Jaguar Island by Toni Moraes (Brasil)
Letters to my mother by Chinelo Onwualu (Nigeria)
Bittersweet Are The Waters by Mame Bougouma Diene (Senegal)
The Shadow on the Crystal by Gabriela Damian Miravete (Mexico)
Carry that weight by Victor Fernando Ocampo (Philippines)
Carranca by Aline Valek (Brasil)
The Elevator Era by Soham Guha (India)