The traits proposed to define us — tool use, language, empathy, and so on — assume that humanity’s essence resides in what sets us apart from other beings. Yet, a seismic readjustment to that canon is well under way.
We know we need to consume less for the good of the planet, but what if those sacrifices were balanced against the incentive of shorter working hours? The pandemic could hold lessons for how we think about work.
Hydrogen is a clean fuel when burned, making it attractive for heavy industry, but most is derived from fossil fuels not renewable energy. There are also concerns about whether existing infrastructure can meet the demand.
The ocean is like a superhighway for plastic debris, and every nation with a shoreline has a sliproad onto it. Regardless of where it comes from, once plastic enters the ocean, it’s everyone’s problem.
Experts predict a double catastrophe in the Amazon rainforest if the coronavirus pandemic overlaps with the forest fire season. The Brazilian government has frozen climate funds and rolled back environmental regulations.
Philip Alston describes “climate apartheid” and the need to make deep and fundamental transformations in the overall economic model, in the overall ways in which we relate as different races and classes, and in the way in which politics is done.
Capitalism has captured the future, and is now commodifying it and selling it back to us as gizmos and widgets, or else distracting us with fantasy that refuses to engage with real problems. We need the sense that the future can be radically different.