Chemical Colonialism: Environmental justice and industrial epidemics

Development Research Seminar by Dr Yogi Hale Hendlin
Assistant professor

Dr Yogi Hale Hendlin

Date
Tuesday 2 Nov 2021, 16:00 - 17:00
Type
Seminar
Spoken Language
English
Room
Online via Zoom
Location
International Institute of Social Studies
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The seminar will be chaired by Dr Christina Sathyamala.

Please contact Jessica Pernozzoli at pernozzoli@iss.nl if you would like to attend this seminar.

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In this seminar, Dr Yogi Hale Hendlin argues that we are currently engaging in a planetary de-evolution of the human species and have created an industry that is a disease vector for dysbiosis. What are the implications, drivers, and points of resistance of this epidemic?

According to Fabian Scheidler’s The End of the Megamachine, the chemical industrial complex has colonized and displaced populations first throughout Europe, and then throughout the world. Subsequent waves of chemical production have required ever greater invasions into the bowels of the earth and displacements of populations.

As everyday chemical pollution has become globalized, toxic exposures have become public bads to be avoided, leading to the selective placement of chemical manufacturing plants and secondary exposures amongst the most disfranchised people. This has lead to syndemics – multiple interactive toxic exposures with dysergistic effects – destroying all life, spreading dysbiosis and especially creating health burdens for POC, women, children and other historically marginalized groups.

But chemical exposures are not quarantined to given populations. We are currently engaging in a planetary de-evolution of the human species and have created an industry that is a disease vector for dysbiosis.

The implications, drivers, and points of resistance of this epidemic will be discussed, drawing on a recent publication in Environment & Society as part of Hendlin’s current book project.

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