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How everything can collapse : a manual for our times

Servigne, Pablo2020
This is a brave book that confronts directly the very real possibility that our civilization will collapse. What if our civilization were to collapse? Not many centuries into the future, but in our own lifetimes? Most people recognize that we face huge challenges today, from climate change and its potentially catastrophic consequences to a plethora of socio-political problems, but we find it hard to face up to the very real possibility that these crises could produce a collapse of our entire civilization. Yet we now have a great deal of evidence to suggest that we are up against growing systemic instabilities that pose a serious threat to the capacity of human populations to maintain themselves in a sustainable environment. This book confront these issues head-on. The author examine the scientific evidence and show how its findings, often presented in a detached and abstract way, are connected to people's ordinary experiences, joining the dots, as it were, between the Anthropocene and our everyday lives. In so doing they provide a valuable guide that will help everyone make sense of the new and potentially catastrophic situation in which we now find ourselves. Today, utopia has changed sides: it is the utopians who believe that everything can continue as before, while realists put their energy into making a transition and building local resilience. Collapse is the horizon of our generation. But collapse is not the end, it's the beginning of our future. We will reinvent new ways of living in the world and being attentive to ourselves, to other human beings and to all our fellow creatures.
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How everything can collapse : a manual for our times / Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens ; translated by Andrew Brown.
Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA : Polity, 2020
xv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
First published in French as Comment tout peut s'effondrer: Petit manuel de collapsologie à l'usage des générations présentes © Éditions du Seuil, 2015.Includes bibliographical references.Translated from the French.
Preface / by Jem Bendell -- Introduction: We'll definitely need to tackle the subject one of these days... -- The accelerating vehicle -- When the engine dies (limits that cannot be crossed) -- Leaving the road (boundaries that can be crossed) -- Is the steering locked? -- Trapped in an ever more fragile vehicle -- The difficulties of being a futurologist -- Can we detect warning signs? -- What do the mathematical models say? -- A mosaic to explore -- And where do human beings fit into all this? -- Conclusion: Hunger is only the beginning -- Postface / by Yves Cochet.
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