Book Launch and Discussion of Lesley Green's Rock | Water | Life - Ecology and humanities for a decolonial South Africa | 16 Feb | 5pm

Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 16:30

WiSER and Wits University Press invite you to the launch of

Rock | Water | Life  

Ecology and humanities for a decolonial South Africa


By Lesley Green













In Rock | Water | Life Lesley Green examines the interwoven realities of inequality, racism, colonialism, and environmental destruction in South Africa, calling for environmental research and governance to transition to an ecopolitical approach that could address South Africa’s history of racial oppression and environmental exploitation. Green analyses conflicting accounts of nature in environmental sciences that claim neutrality amid ongoing struggles for land restitution and environmental justice. Offering in-depth studies of environmental conflict in contemporary South Africa, Green addresses the history of contested water access in Cape Town; struggles over natural gas fracking in the Karoo; debates about decolonising science; the potential for a politics of soil in the call for land restitution; urban baboon management, and the consequences of sending sewage to urban oceans.

The author will be in discussion with Astrida Neimanis.


Lesley Green is founding director of Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town,
editor of Contested Ecologies and co-author of Knowing the Day, Knowing the World.
Astrida Neimanis is as an environmentalist, a feminist and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at the Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada.  She is the co-editor of Thinking With Water (2013).


Tuesday, 16th February 2021
5pm or 17h00 SAST
Please register for this Zoom event in advance of the meeting