ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
For a long time now we two have been meeting at conferences and talking about the environment. (Indeed, that is how we met. ‘Oh, I know someone else who is interested in the environment. You should meet her!’) It was an oddity then to compose environmental matters in the rhythms of cultural theory. But that is no longer true. How could it be? Environmental matters now touch too many of the notes that make up the (dis)harmonies of cultural studies: they are ‘popular’, in all the various (and problematic) senses of the term; they manifest differential relations of knowledge and power; they invite analyses of their representations and the role of representation; they are theoretically interesting, for they provide rich ground to consider the relations of science, technology and contemporary culture; they virtually demand intervention; and, finally, they ‘matter’.