Now that governments across the globe are broke, will the planetary bankruptcy of the past 200 years finally be acknowledged? The pandemic has put government treasuries the world over with their backs against the wall. As they sign stimulus cheque after stimulus cheque worth trillions, their desperation is evident. They have literally thrown the sink at the … Continue reading Earth In The ER
It is a river like no other. Traversing the Earth in a straight line, it has no time for twists and turns, no desire to smell the roses along the way. It only cares about transporting its sad, silent load: not fish, not humans, not even water. It is a river of electronics, clothing and every other gadget … Continue reading The Suez Canal is having a stroke. But who will unblock our sewer of greed?
The Incomputable Math of Capitalism The impact humans are having on the planet has always been the result of a very simple equation, with two basic multiplier components: 1) how much impact the average human has on the planet (emissions, habitat destruction, pollution etc.) and 2) how many humans are on the planet at a given … Continue reading Any Green New Deal is utterly useless without severe and urgent Human Population Policies
(from Pocket Philosophy for End Times: A Lexicon of Dystopia) Green Growth: an oxymoron. A ploy by investors and the renewable energy industrial complex who promise to create jobs while cutting down emissions, when in reality aiming to make those investors rich, create more consumers who will pay for the investment, and hope that somehow, … Continue reading The Remortgaging of Earth
Are we technically extinct? A species becomes extinct when population numbers become so low that the size of the genetic pool of the few remaining individuals is too small to sustain and propagate a healthy population. Although healthy individuals of the species may still exist, they are like pages of a book that was impulsively … Continue reading Collapse means Collapse.
Jealousy and Greed have always been closely related. But jealousy has a more mysterious, more elusive quality to it compared to its cousin. Whereas greed is ostentatious, and can almost be tangibly measured in the accumulation of physical wealth and resources, jealousy is hidden: it can be conniving, concealed behind fake motives, and very often … Continue reading Humans are Jealous of Earth
It’s not what we all thought it was. Feeling Numb It is nothing less than a tragic failure that as a species, after so much struggle, so much achievement, so much social evolution and revolution, pain and joy, tears and laughter, so many highs and lows over thousands of years of history, we find ourselves in … Continue reading Climate Change can only be addressed if we radically redefine Happiness
As a panicking humanity runs from the fires it set off, it risks seeking refuge in the coping mechanisms and dictators who will validate its trauma and continue the cycle. Trauma is a part of life. It is what shapes us. What makes us. It teaches us valuable lessons. It even makes us a better person. … Continue reading Addicted to Trauma: A cycle we must break for the sake of this planet.
It was the century when Earth’s systems got a complete makeover. And the planet got an expiration date. It is a word that is still not recognised by the spelling thesaurus. Yet we have been living in the Anthropocene for many decades now: the geologic time period, according to the textbooks, when the planet is … Continue reading Media, Money, Machine: Tales of the Anthropocene System