Reading List

Converging Crises:

Climbing the ladder of awareness

“Understanding of the unfolding global crisis, each of us seems to fit somewhere along a continuum of awareness that can be roughly divided into five stages…”

But it is worse than that

“Wake the fuck up. If we do we will only have to experience the end of our society as we know it aka…the inevitable economic collapse which is now unavoidable, but be able to save and rebuild something new on the other side. This would require a deep adaptation…”

Overshoot & collapse in 12 easy steps

“our impending climate catastrophe is just one aspect of a much larger thermodynamic problem of global ecological overshoot and, at this point, collapse of industrial civilization as the driver of a geologic extinction event is pretty much baked into the cake. Might as well get used to it.”

The house is on fire by Richard Heinberg

“Although the house is on fire, very few people are willing to contemplate the kinds of bold programs that would be needed to douse the deadly conflagration. And meanwhile there are so many distractions to amuse, confound, and enrage us!”

On the Fragility of Civilization (scientific language)

“predictions of near-term doom are based on half-understood and misrepresented climate science, wild extrapolations, and unsupported leaps. So does that mean that all is well and we have nothing to worry about? No, unfortunately that is not what it means. Because even if these predictions are built on quicksand, there may be other reasons to believe that widespread societal collapse is nearer than most of us would like to think.”

Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto

“Now a familiar human story is being played out. It is the story of an empire corroding from within. It is the story of a people who believed, for a long time, that their actions did not have consequences. It is the story of how that people will cope with the crumbling of their own myth. It is our story.”

Desert

“The spectre that many try not to see is a simple realisation — the world will not be ‘saved’. . . . The world will not be ‘saved’. Not by activists, not by mass movements, not by charities and not by an insurgent global proletariat. The world will not be ‘saved’. This realisation hurts people. They don’t want it to be true! But it probably is.”

UK/US Task Force on Resilience of the Global Food Supply Chain to Extreme Events

“We ran the model forward to the year 2040, along a business-as-usual trajectory based on ‘do-nothing’ trends — that is, without any feedback loops that would change the underlying trend. The results show that based on plausible climate trends, and a total failure to change course, the global food supply system would face catastrophic losses, and an unprecedented epidemic of food riots.” Dr. Aled Jones, the Director of the Global Sustainability Institute

 

Responding to Collapse:

Collapse now and avoid the rush by John Michael Greer

“There’s a fair amount of subtlety to the strategy defined by those words. As our society stumbles down the ragged curve of its decline, more and more people are going to lose the ability to maintain what counts as a normal lifestyle—or, rather, what counted as a normal lifestyle in the recent past, and is no longer quite so normal today as it once was.”

The Big Picture by Richard Heinberg

“Humanity has a lot of problems these days. Climate change, increasing economic inequality, crashing biodiversity, political polarization, and a global debt bubble are just a few of our worries. None of these trends can continue indefinitely without leading to a serious failure of our civilization’s ability to maintain itself. Taken together, these metastasizing problems suggest we are headed toward some kind of historic discontinuity.”

Responding to Collapse: Pitfalls and Practicalities of that Team Sport

“Anyway, these are just some of the pitfalls of trying to make a co-operative effort to adapt to collapse. But adapt we must, and we have a much better chance of doing so in a group than as lone individuals or nuclear families. So we have to try, even though we’ll be learning the skills as we go along, and all the while our current society will be doing its best to distract and discourage us.”

In the Face of Extinction, We Have a Moral Obligation by Dahr Jamail “The catastrophic impacts of runaway climate change are already upon us. We must all consider how to use our time and energies most wisely and carefully, as we face down the most monumental test our species has experienced.”

Responding to collapse adaptation and resilience amidst the decline of civilization

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