Masculinities for a greener future – a new story

What are the most important links between masculinities and our environmental crises? If the world was more caring, what would that look like? Check out our explainer post on “Ecological Masculinities”.

What you will learn

  • Who is impacted by masculinities? Is it just men?
  • What are the three main categorisations of masculinities
  • How do you embody care?
  • How do you mobilise the masses?
  • How do we alter the fabric of society?
  • Further reading

This explainer post builds on the knowledge shared by the educators and panel discussants from our recent masculinities webinar:

  • Dr. Paul M. Pulé (he) – scholar and educator for change, social and environmental justice activist. Co-author of the book Ecological Masculinities and co-editor of the book Men, Masculinities & Earth. Co-founder of the Starfish Collective.
  • Abigail Sykes (she) journalist, translator and educator with a focus on the Transition to sustainable, just and regenerative societies. Co-founder of Starfish Collective.
  • Dr. Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike (he) an assistant professor in the Department of English, University of Calgary, Canada, researching postcolonial and ecocritical literatures, gender (masculinities), and creative writing.
  • Nosheen Rana (she)Associated with University of Wah, Pakistan. PhD scholar in Numl and currently in Utrecht University, Netherlands for her research work. Researcher in the field of Postcolonial Eco Masculinity. 
  • Sohanur Rahman (he) – a youth climate advocate and Chief Executive of Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament, is an expert in youth leadership, activism, masculinities and climate justice. Thank you for letting us in and for showing how this topic affects us all in one way or another.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037071. The views in this resource are the views of WECF or speakers, unless otherwise states, and should not be interpreted to represent the views of the European Union.

Did you miss the session? Don’t worry, you can watch the recording here:

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Would you like to learn more?

  • Ecofeminist Ecospirituality: Manifestations of Queerness and Gender in (Re)connecting with Nature and the Non-human World. Article: Asmae Ourkiya, Todd LeVasseur, and Paul M. Pulé. In Gender and Environments: Advances in Gender Research (Volume 35), edited by Vasilikie Demos and Marcia Segal [in print].
  • Ecological Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Guidance Monograph (2018). Monograph: Ecological Masculinities
  • From Ecomodern Breadwinners to Ecological Masculinities Podcast. Podcast: Sustainable Masculinities
  • Men in the Climate Crisis Conversation Guide. Conversation guide: Men in the Climate Crisis. About: This conversation guide in English, originally piloted with groups of Män in Sweden, is “copylefted.” You are free to share, use, and adapt it as you wish. Contact the Starfish Collective at for assistance in adapting it to your context.
  • Men, Masculinities, and Earth: Contending with the (m)Anthropocene Anthology (2021). Book: Men, Masculinities, and Earth
  • Post-gender Ecological Futures: From Ecological Feminisms and Ecological Masculinities to Queered Posthuman Subjectivities. Article: Paul M. Pulé and Asmae Ourkiya. In Beyond Anthropocentric Masculinities: Posthumanism, New Materialism, and the Man Question edited by Ulf Mellström and Bob Pease. London: Routledge.
  • Queering Stories of Religious Materialism: Plural Practices of (Earth) Care and Repair. Article: Todd LeVasseur, Paul M. Pulé, and Alfonso Merlini. In Religion, Materialism, and Ecology edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Kate Rigby, and Peter Scott.
  • The Starfish Collective Website. Website: The Starfish Collective
  • This Critical Moment: A Case Study in Education for Change. Article: Paul Pulé. In Deep Time Journal.
  • Transforming Destructive Masculinities Norms through the Work that Reconnects. Article: Paul M. Pulé and Abigail Sykes. In Deep Time Journal.
  • Why The European Green Deal Needs Ecofeminism: Moving from Gender-blind to Gender-transformative Environmental Policies. Report: Heidegger, P., et al. EEB (European Environmental Bureau) & WECF (Women Engage for a Common Future) (2021).