Arif Cem Gundogan

I work and write on climate change, SDGs, DRR, resilience, political ecology (English & Turkish)

Category: Anthropocene

Ayrıklaşma (decoupling) üzerine, berdevam…

Ayrıklaşma (decoupling) konusu bu günlerde gündemden düşmüyor. Bu nedenle daha önce bu konuda kaleme aldığım yazıları paylaşmak istedim.

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The Great Decoupling (Turkish version)

I translated “The Great Decoupling” article to Turkish. (Original article can be found here: )

Yakın zamanda yayımlanan kısa interaktifi Türkçe’ye kazandırdım: “Büyük Ayrıklaşma” (veyahut ayrışma da uygun düşebilir).

İnteraktifin orjinaline şuradan, durağan ve Türkçe versiyonuna ise şuradan ulaşabilirsiniz. Aşağıda Türkçe versiyondaki tüm slaytlar bulunuyor.

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Our New Book: 10 Stops for Climate Justice

My immense pleasure to share our new book “10 Stops for Climate Justice” (in Turkish) which consists of 10 short chapters that are hot & central to climate justice discussions particularly in the context of Paris Agreement era.

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Co-authored Turkey’s First Comprehensive Sustainability Guide

An immense pleasure for me that I co-authored* Turkey’s first comprehensive sustainability guide (in Turkish) and it is published via Sustainable Development Association Turkey (SKD Türkiye). The guide offers introduction to 100 terms related with sustainability concept:

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Turkey, INDC & Disappointment


Turkey’s delayed INDC raised questions and caused disappointment among the Turkish environmental NGOs & climate scientists. Me and Dr. Ethemcan Turhan analysed the document and wrote a piece (in Turkish) for the prominent on-line news portal We hope to publish an English version soon.

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Are we on the same boat? Not really…

So there is this political cartoonist (a.k.a Polyp) I follow & appreciate. Strongly suggest you to visit his website. Well… Anyways. I disagree with one of his cartoons (called “steady as she goes”) and suggest an additional frame to the original one. I hope he won’t sue me (copyright section is not scary as I imagined).

The original cartoon is (briefly) about economic growth addiction & the policy makers’ inability to recognize the fact that we can’t grow infinitely on a  physically finite planet.

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How do you like your Anthropocene?

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 13.14.01Thanks to my friends, colleagues and anonymous supporters, my proposal for the independent publishing platform Contributoria‘s October issue has reached the minimum target to be published just within the first 6 hours.

You can still support it from here.

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“More than machinery we need humanity”

Thanks to a friend, I rediscovered the wisdom in the Great Dictator movie. Although one may argue that the speech is very anthropocentric (..and I would agree with this), still good to recall particularly this section:

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. (A quote from the movie “The Great Dictator”)

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