Biophilic Institutions: Building New Solidarities between the Economy & Nature

Natasha Iskander, Nichola Lowe

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Climate change and economic insecurity are the two most pressing challenges for modern humanity, and they are intimately linked: climate warming intensifies existing structural inequities, just as economic disparities worsen climate-induced suf-fering. Yet precisely because this economy-nature interrelationship is institutional-ized, there exists an opening for alternative institutional configurations to take root. In this essay, we make the case for that institutional remaking to be biophilic, mean-ing it supports rather than undermines life and livelihood. This is not speculative thinking: biophilic institutions already exist in the here and now. Their existence provides an opportunity to learn how to remake institutions founded on solidarities of shared aliveness and a shared alliance with life that advance the premise that nature and the economy are not just intertwined but indistinguishable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-93
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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