Against the Apocalypse

How do we inherit a toxic planet? And how do we begin to think in the, think with the long term? In our work, we argue that we ought to think through a politics of rewilding, a deterministic move beyond the dilemma of toxicity. Rewilding, we argue,  is not a return to a pristine wilderness, but an enfolding of time as it passes through nature. Rewilding recognizes ecology’s ever- transformative relationships, the physical environment’s shifting equations with a whole gamut of inter-related species. It moves beyond the domains of toxicity, between dualities of purity and impurity, and of how we manuevered it. Rewilderness is the return to nature’s own will, not a human imposition of a ‘right’ ecosystem or assemblage abstaining from governing nature, from the Anthropocene, if one may call it. As Anna Tsing reminds us, the rewildered landscape, langorously expanding with shrubs and creepers, are regions of fertility and growth, but not one of economy and expansion. Rewildered landscapes are ruins of a civilizational ethos, a landscape of no use to capital.Rewilding attests to the ‘ugly and impossible’, there is no beautification to attest to, and nobody to govern it.

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