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  • Writer's pictureArnold Schroder

#33: Addiction, Madness, Despair pt. 3: Despair

(07/30/2021) But seriously: is there any point to doing anything at all? Or is the world truly just going to end so soon we really might as well just kind of reach for whatever or whoever kills the pain and stop paying attention? In this episode, we examine what it means to come to terms with the crossing of climate tipping points, the dreamlike nature of the way the news babbles about collapse, the landscape of variation in ecological perceptions, and taking control of the world's infrastructure to begin the very uncertain experiment of halting feedback loops that have already been triggered as a revolutionary strategic frame.

Bibliography for episode #33:

Anonymous. (2011) Desert.

Fassler, E. Activists Are Sharing Land In Vermont With People Escaping Climate Disaster. As heatwaves rise across the US, mutual aid organizations are building a pipeline to help a new generation of climate refugees. Vice Motherboard June 29, 2021.

Gleick, J. (2008) Chaos: The Making of a New Science. Penguin Books.

Herrington, G. (2020). Update to limits to growth: Comparing the World3 model with empirical data. Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.13084

Meadows, Donella H; Meadows, Dennis L; Randers, Jørgen; Behrens III, William W (1972). The Limits to Growth; A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind. New York: Universe Books.

Temple, J. The pandemic slashed the West Coast’s emissions. Wildfires already reversed it. Technology Review July 27 2021.

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Richard Falvey
Richard Falvey
Apr 13, 2022

The piece you read out at the end, your own article - is that available somewhere?


Unknown member
Aug 09, 2021

Thank you. Very much. The surreal denial of the obvious... I'm reminded of a very short '60s play about an invisible elephant in a living room that everybody to the last man standing pretended wasn't there as it ruthlessly destroyed the place and everyone in it. Heat produces electricity and electricity produces heat...

I believe I'm hearing you say Since we've stepped off the cliff, we will fly float or cease to be. Thank you for the inspiration to fly and a more humane and practical way to view my own desert moments.

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