Green transformations from below? The politics of grassroots innovation

IMG_3220“Throughout the history of both modern environmentalism and development there has existed an insistent undercurrent of practical, grassroots initiatives seeking socially just and environmentally sustainable forms of production and consumption”. In chapter seven of a new book, Adrian Smith and Adrian Ely analyse the political aspects to this history of grassroots innovation movement. The book, The Politics of Green Transformations, edited by Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell, is considered by Achim Steinerm Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, to ‘provide important context and focus’, from what Diana Liverman at the Instittue for Environment, University of Arizona calls ‘an all-star team [that] provides a clear, critical and fascinating discussion of the concept and practice of green transformations’.