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The Ministry for the Future: a hopeful vision for navigating our dire situation

The Ministry for the Future, a new speculative fiction novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, is a remarkable and urgently needed book. It portrays a near future that is dark enough to be plausible, consis...

Practicing love when the future is uncertain

Dark clouds gather in the future and fog obscures our path. The days when the future seemed sunny and idyllic have passed. Occasionally, rays of sunlight shine through—promising news of a COVID vac...

It's time to leave the palace that fossil fuels built

Climate change has ruptured the dining room wall of our palace, and is beginning to intrude further and further. We eat our breakfast, ignoring it. It’s been comfortable here, and we’ve been provid...

Free your heart from climate change penitence and impotence

In the shadow of the immense climate crisis, what difference could it possibly make to bike to work or eat less meat? The mismatch between what we’re being asked to do and the size of the problem h...

Building a home in our vulnerability to climate disruption

Two weeks ago, an unusually intense fire season erupted across California, amplified by climate change.1 Global heating’s presence was felt everywhere in smoke and ash. Along with tens of thousands...

Planet of the Humans exploits our unprocessed climate grief

After watching Planet of the Humans (POTH), Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs’ recent film about the ecological crisis, I found I had a sympathy for it that was hard to understand. After all, the movie ...

Racism and climate change are inextricable

One of the things that’s becoming clear to me these days is how racism is linked not only to the impacts of climate change, but also to our ability to respond to it. Climate change asks us, in bot...

Can we stop Climate Change? A different kind of hope

One of the questions that’s been haunting me is ‘will we succeed?’ That is, will we succeed at stopping climate change? In my social world, this isn’t an acceptable question. It brings up the possi...

Back to Normal, Apocalypse, or Hope

Let’s let go of hoping that things will go back to normal. I don’t mean that we’re doomed to continue with how things are now, whether that’s being in lockdown, coping with a pandemic, or experienc...

Coronavirus and the Climate Crisis: Reclaiming our Future

In the midst of this widespread disruption of business as usual, it may feel odd to think of the climate crisis. We are entering something new and unprecedented in our lifetimes, and we are rightly...

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