“I want you to panic”

February 19th, 2019|

Last year, Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg started skipping school to hold a daily protest about climate change. "Adults keep saying ‘we owe it to the young people to give them hope,’” she declared. “But I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic." (Post 3/3)

Our Elaborate Defences against Bad News

February 13th, 2019|

When we hear “the bell tolling”, we know that one day it will toll for us. The range of emotions we exhibit in the face of death also echo in our reactions to impending climate change. (Post 2/3)

Finding that ‘powerful something’

November 22nd, 2018|

We cannot lessen peoples’ fear by highlighting doomsday scenarios, nor by minimizing or rationalizing environmental or water problems. Instead, we need something greater than grim statistics and fear. (Post 2/2)

Reawakening Awe

October 16th, 2018|

Ancient societies tended to view water with sacred respect. The Industrial Revolution flattened this view, seeing water as merely a component of manufacturing. The result was ecological chaos. (Post 1/2)

A Tale of Two Speeches

May 31st, 2017|

My husband and I both have research talks to deliver tomorrow morning. He got up this morning, finished his slides, kissed the kids good-bye and was picked up early by airport transfer so he'd arrive [...]

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