Embracing ‘Abolition Ecology’: A Green Criminological Rejoinder

Nathan Stephens-Griffin*

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Recent debates in political ecology have sought to highlight and excavate the complex connectivity between ecological and carceral harms (e.g. Heynen, and Ybarra, 2021; Pellow, 2019; Pulido and De Lara, 2018; AAA). ‘Abolition ecology’ presents an approach through which to explore, unravel and resist racial capitalism and environmental racism as interlocking and mutually generative systems (Heynen, 2018a, Pulido, 2017). Green criminology is a field well-placed to explore such radical possibilities (Bradshaw, 2018). This paper offers a green criminological rejoinder to the bourgeoning project of ‘abolition ecology’, working to bring together these linked perspectives, asking how green criminology might contribute to abolition ecology. The paper outlines its abolitionist theoretical framework, then identifies some benefits of a green criminological orientation. It goes on to suggest three possible points of unity between green criminology and abolition ecology. In embracing these points of unity, and abolitionist principles more broadly, green criminology can better work towards more racially and ecologically just futures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Criminology
Early online date2 Nov 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Nov 2022


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