The FAN initiative describes the situation: Two hundred years of economic and complexity growth have added immensely to human welfare and security. It has shaped our world-views and expectations of the future. Yet there is widening concern that the conditions that have underpinned this growth and the socio-economic stability that we have habituated to, and are dependent upon, is being increasingly undermined. Societies are likely to experience mounting socio-economic stresses from which there is no recovery, declining resilience, and rising risks of rapid large-scale breakdowns in global integration. The envisioned consequences are very challenging and quite possibly catastrophic.
The MAHB mission is twofold:
- Foster, fuel and inspire a global dialogue on the threat of collapse and how interconnected biogeophysical and socio-economic systems contribute to, and are affected by, the existential threats facing humanity
- Develop and implement strategies for shifting human cultures and institutions towards practices that promote a future in which people can live peaceful and productive lives.
The Climate Resilience Fund offers grants under two programs: the “Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem Program,” which “features an annual grants competition that aims to rapidly scale up climate adaptation and resilience services,” and the “Capacity Building Program,” whose “funds are utilized to expand the capacity of institutions or collaboratives that provide climate services to communities and/or resource managers.”
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The mission of the Global Challenges Foundation is “to prevent, or at least reduce the likelihood, of a catastrophe that would cause the death of over 10% of humanity, or cause damage on a similar scale.” Their website offers analysis and research, partnerships, and education opportunities.
In this in-depth interview, iconoclastic Czech-Canadian scientist Vaclav Smil offers a sobering view of the precarious climate future of the planet.
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In this September 23, 2019, video, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop climate change. “You have stolen my childhood and my dreams with your empty words,” Thunberg said.
In The Road, a father and son traverse a bleak landscape after the apocalypse. The father knows he is dying. He knows they can’t survive another winter so they head south through California toward the coast. All of Cormac McCarthy’s great fiction is grim—All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing. But no other book by McCarthy is so unremittingly grim as The Road. It won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was adopted as a film in 2009.
This superb post-apocalypse novel compares well with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but is somehow less unremittingly grim. The protagonist Hig has survived the pandemic that killed everyone he knows. He lives in a small abandoned airport with his dog and one other man, a veteran sharpshooter. Then he finds a woman he loves.