Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

Glacial Deaths, Geologic Extinction

Schmidt, Jeremy J. (2021) 'Glacial Deaths, Geologic Extinction.', Environmental Humanities, 13 (2). pp. 281-300.

Abstract

In 2019, several funerals were held for glaciers. If enough glaciers die, could they go extinct? Is there geologic extinction? Yes. This article develops three arguments to support this claim. The first revisits Georges Cuvier’s original argument for extinction and its reliance on geology, especially glaciers. Retracing connections to glaciers and the narrowing of extinction to biological species in the nineteenth century, I argue that anthropogenic forcing on how the Earth system functions-the Anthropocene-provides warrant to rethink extinction geologically. The second argument examines the specificity of ice loss and multiple practices responding to this loss: from art exhibits at United Nations climate change meetings to anti-colonial claims for the right to be cold. The third argument consolidates a theme built across the article regarding how Isabelle Stengers’s notion of ecologies of practices provides an approach to geologic extinction that recognizes both relational and non-relational loss.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
Download PDF
(475Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-9320156
Publisher statement:© 2021 Jeremy J. Schmidt This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:03 November 2021
Date of first online publication:01 November 2021
Date first made open access:03 November 2021

Save or Share this output

Export:
Export
Look up in GoogleScholar