An introduction to Johann Hari's "The Next Crash Will Be Ecological - and Nature Doesn't Do Bailouts," and his article on why it's been so difficult to curb climate change, and the consequences of not doing so. Read the rest of this entry »
Robert Jensen Interview: There is a lot of individual variation in the human species, which means there will be lots of different reactions as the reality of our predicament sets in. I worry that in a society like the United States, where so many have lived for so long with abundance and a sense of entitlement, people won’t be able to face up to the dramatic changes that are inevitable. That could lead people to accept greater levels of hierarchy and authority if political leaders promise to protect that affluence. In that case, people’s inability to deal with the emotions that arise out of awareness of collapse could usher in an era of even more unjust distribution of wealth and resources in an even more violent world. The only way to combat that is to talk openly about what we see coming and work to create conditions that allow us to rely on the best of our nature, not the worst. Read the rest of this entry »
A Slow-Moving Crisis: As has been pointed out many times in the last few decades, the Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity. This concentrated bit of ancient Chinese wisdom is often applied to our historical time. The danger is that, if we do not see the danger, we will miss the opportunity – they go together. In ecosystemic terms, periods of imbalance, far from equilibrium, create the opportunity for change and evolution, but can also lead to breakdown. What are the myths that prevent people from preparing to meet the dangers that are evident? Read the rest of this entry »