The independent international group Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has concluded that more than one million plant and animal species are currently endangered. Scientists are even invoking the spectre of a sixth mass extinction. Faced with this possibility, governmental institutions often appeal to the rhetoric of resilience. Endowed with a positive aura, this notion is presented as an adaptive force able to help us overcome the inevitable impact of the current crisis. Yet by elevating the resilient individual to “hero” status, are we not shirking our obligations to various populations, fauna, and flora? Doesn’t resorting to the concept of resilience then become a convenient smokescreen for neoliberal policy?
This article also appears in the issue 108 - ResilienceDiscover