If another world is possible, as activists and scholars frequently assert, what might it look, taste, and feel like? An Ecotopian Lexicon presents a kaleidoscopic window into the ecological multiverse: not what is, but what could or even should be. 

Each of thirty suggested loanwords—from other languages, speculative fiction, and subcultures of resistance—helps us imagine how to adapt and even flourish in the face of climate change and the socio-ecological adversity that characterizes the present moment and the future that awaits. From Apocalypso to Qi~*~ to Total Liberation, thirty authors assemble a lexicon that expands the limited and limiting European and North American conceptual lexicon that many activists, educators, scholars, and citizens have inherited. 

 

Language can only take us so far, of course. To add an additional imaginative layer, we challenged fourteen artists from eleven countries to respond to selected entries with original artwork.  The result is a transmedia conversation between the originary author, culture, or subculture; a critical thinker; and an artist. These images can be found in full color in the book, and are available online for purchase as T-shirts, tote bags, and stickers. 

 

An Ecotopian Lexicon is edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy, with a foreword by Kim Stanley Robinson.

It is available for purchase from the University of Minnesota Press as well as Amazon and other booksellers. All proceeds go toward a fund to support creative political and cultural interventions focused on climate justice.


This website contains information about the book, the artwork, and the editors and contributors. You can also check out and order merchandise and see our teaching guide for suggestions for incorporating the book into your classroom.