Our society seems to be obsessed with the concept of wildness, but further from it than ever before. If we don’t pay attention, we may lose our wilderness altogether.
Sustainability does not mean defending the non-human world from human expansion. Instead, it has come to mean sustaining human civilisation at the comfort level which the world’s rich people feel is their right.
The French version of the graffiti, “Une autre fin du monde eat possible” appeared in Paris during the anti-austerity protests of 2016.
Mann’s The New Climate War shows none of the rigor or reservation that one would expect of a renowned scientist. What it does show are the signs of someone who has spent too much time on social media: personal attacks, lack of nuance, and sarcasm in the place of reasoned discussion.
Normal could well mean the end of global civilization as we know it.
It is not enough to be right. We must change things, even if we cannot avoid collapse. We must invest ourselves in creating the kind of resilient local communities that we want to be a part of and that have the best chance of surviving and thriving in a changed world.
Meg Wheatley criticizes the New Age belief that humans are reaching a “critical mass” or a “tipping point” in the evolution of human consciousness toward an awakening/enlightenment/transcendence/realization which will save us from civilizational collapse. She sees this belief as anthropocentric, ego-centric, and elitist, as well as seductive and dangerous in a time when we are facing inevitable collapse and we need to be fighting to defend each other and the planet.
Octavia Butler’s prophetic Parable series depicts the struggle of a small community trying to survive the socioeconomic and political collapse of twenty-first century America, caused by environmental degradation, corporate greed, and the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor.
The anti-maskers pitching fits at grocery stores are experiencing, first hand, the “tragedy of the private”. The enclosure is finally becoming visceral for them.
For all collapseniks, doomers, post-doomers, etc.