"Cultures and Land at Risk" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video (licensed under CC BY 2.0)


Drawn from the book-in-progress Novel Ecologies, "Nature remade" addresses a strain of environmental thought centered on the West Coast that advances a simultaneously neocolonial and futuristic orientation to the climate crisis. Through this lens of nature remade, ecosystems must be technologically retrofitted to sustain privileged modes of human life-rather than remediated through structural transformations that arc toward environmental justice. In offering this critique, the lecture questions fixations on wilderness and the pastoral that have long shaped American environmental imaginaries, while attending to the ambivalent allure of "making new nature" via climate engineering. The lecture puts visions of nature remade into dialogue with contemporary writers and artists who variously interrogate the power of tech in contemporary environmentalism.