Deceleration [dee-sel–uh-rey-shuh n ]
1. Slowing down; decreasing velocity.
2. Acting creatively in the defense of La Madre Tierra.
3. Eschewing growth mindsets, machinery, and logics for deep focus on real personal, community, and planetary wellness.
Deceleration is an online journal responding to our shared ecological, political, and cultural crises. We write at the intersection of climate change and social justice—journalistically, academically, and creatively.
We are dedicated to analyzing the roots of human and planetary insecurity, seeking to reveal opportunities to help protect and create the commons in pursuit of a sustainable peace.
We aspire to serve as a collaborative space that seeks out solutions rather than merely chronicling pains.
Deceleration is inspired by intellectual and political movements around the world for degrowth, buen vivir, the right to the city, and the rights of nature/mother earth.
While we can’t help but highlight events and opportunities in our city and bioregion (San Antonio/San Antonio & Guadalupe River Watersheds, South Texas broadly), we also welcome proposals for short- and long-form reporting, essay, and analysis within and beyond our geography that fit within the scope of our mission. As an unfunded labor of love and conviction, we aren’t yet able to pay contributors, but if Deceleration’s mission resonates with you and you’d like to be a part of our community, drop us a note.
Let us know what stories and topics are most important to you. Sign up for our newsletter to track our movements. And if you are able, consider a facilitating contribution to help this work flourish, either a recurring donation via Patreon or a one-time donation via PayPal.
Who’s Making It?
Deceleration is produced by Co-Editors Marisol Cortez and Greg Harman.
Marisol Cortez, Ph.D. occupies the difficult terrain between artistic, activist, and academic worlds. Beginning her political life as a poet, she later participated in grassroots campaigns for environmental justice in her hometown of San Antonio, which inspired her doctoral research at the University of California at Davis. After graduating in 2009 with her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, she trafficked between academia and community organizing before returning to San Antonio to apply her education as a community-based scholar and creative writer. She currently works as a mama, writer, researcher, and cultural arts worker, all in service of collective efforts to protect la madre tierra and create alternatives to parasitic forms of urban “development.”
For a listing of her previous publications and a description of current projects-in-process, visit her website here.
Greg Harman is a community organizer and independent journalist who has written about environmental health and justice issues since the late 1990s. He is a clean energy organizer for the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club and former editor of the San Antonio Current. He is a former contributing editor at Texas Climate News and his work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, The Guardian, The Dallas Morning News, Indian Country Today, Yes! Magazine, Houston Press, and the Texas Observer, among others. His journalism has been recognized by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Houston Press Club, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, Public Citizen Texas, and Associated Press Managing Editors. He holds a bachelor’s in English from Texas Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in International Relations (Conflict Transformation) from St. Mary’s University.