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Memory We Could Be

Memory We Could Be

Overcoming Fear to Create Our Ecological Future

The Memory We Could Be attempts to move beyond the sterile, technical language that has pervaded discussions around climate change and ecology. It seeks to counter the bureaucratic prose of our conversations, to humanise the abstraction of global warming, and bring different voices into the conversation.

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Foreword by Raoul Martinez, author of Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for our Future

Drawing on a variety of sources – from anthropology to hydrology, botany to economics, agronomy to astrobiology, medicine to oceanography, physics to history – the author weaves a concise, lyrical and powerful story of our relationship with nature.

The book is divided into three sections: Past, Present, and Future. Past is about memory. Our inability to comprehend our staggering present partly lies in our ignorance of our staggering past. We peer into the black box of our human past to understand how we got here. We go on a journey across the roots of our ecological crisis, from the Roman Empire to the forests of Burma, from
Congolese rubber plantations to Colombian oil fields.

Present illustrates how climate change is shaping our world today. Climate change, so often associated with the future, is profoundly contemporary. By exploring how climate change relates to poverties and inequalities, this section hopes to equip the reader with a set of intuitive instruments to understand modern and future climate impacts.

Future is anchored around alternatives, and strives to illustrate in human terms the world we could lose and the world we can win. It also asks questions as to what we can do, and attempts to clarify a transformative vision of more ecological and equitable economy.

Foreword by Raoul Martinez

Opening: The Might of Memory   
    Authority and humility   

    Relinquishing a way of thinking
    Making connections
    From machines to organisms
    Looking forward
Colonialism: The Acceleration 
    The impact on nature
    The impact on peoples
    Work and slavery
    The destruction of memory
    Colonialism within countries
    A Cold War consensus
    Violence and technology
    Neocolonialism: the metabolism of misery
Fossil Fuels, Furious Flames
    The exceptionality of fossil fuels
    Black gold: the story of petroleum
    Oil and power
    The deceit and the delay
    Recovering our historical memory
Human Nature or Human Ignorance?
    What human nature?
    The myth of collapse
    A history of knowledge and ignorance
    Institutions and discussions
    Laws and actions
    Climate change and human influence
    The impotence of knowledge
    Science as a way of thinking
    Science's contemporary challenges
    Thinking ahead

The Great Burning
    Atmospheric basics
    Knowing climate change
    What we don’t know: uncertainty and humility
    Interpreting uncertainty
    Understanding Emissions:
Where, Who, What, When and How  
    Where: types of emissions
    Who: emissions and authorship
    What: temperatures and targets
    When: too little, too late
    How: the carbon budget and the roadmap
    Literacy and ambition
The Poverty of Wealth: Economics and Ecology
    The true costs
    Routes ahead
The World at 1°C: A Guide to Climate Violence
    Extreme weather and climate conditions
    The inequality of exposure
    Social conditions
    Climate violence and you
    Poverties, strictures and precarities
    A story we can’t tell

A Plausible Future: Approaching Apocalypse
    New horizons of heat
    Adaptation and loss
    Blame and opportunism
    Ecological conflict
    A world beyond 4°C
    Reactions and responses
A Possible Future: The World We Can Win
    Solutions in a complex world
    Radicalism not romanticism
    Avoiding false solutions
    Democracy, diversity and accountability
    The paradox of pace
    The business of boldness
A Mosaic of Alternatives
    An economy of life
    The commons
    Dismantling hierarchy
    Education and culture
    Reconstruction: cities and space
What Then Must We Do?
    Stepping into the sea
    Connection and solidarity
    Ordinary hope
Hope, A Horizon

Page Count: 
13.80 x 21.50cm
UK Publication Date: 
Wednesday, 26 September, 2018
Publication Date:
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

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