Rebecca Solnit – Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility

How do we imagine what’s possible, what matters? Who we are shapes what we do, and what we do in the present shapes the future. In addition to the many practical, scientific and material aspects, the climate crisis has cultural aspects with which we need to engage in order to meet this emergency. Drawing from the new anthology she co-edited, Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, Rebecca Solnit talks about the stories emerging from what science, Indigenous leadership, good organizing, and visionary thinkers are giving us. These stories offer the grounds for hope and the work hope does. What are the ways that what the climate requires of us could mean ushering in an age of abundance rather than austerity? 

This talk was delivered at the 2023 Bioneers Conference.

Rebecca Solnit, one of our nation’s most influential writers, thinkers, historians and activists, is the author of 20+ books, including: Orwell’s RosesRecollections of My NonexistenceHope in the Dark; Men Explain Things to MeA Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; and A Field Guide to Getting Lost. She is also co-editor of Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility (coming April 2023) and writes regularly for the Guardian, serves on the board of the climate group Oil Change International, and just launched the climate project Not Too Late.

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Kim Stanley Robinson – What I’ve Learned since The Ministry for the Future Came Out in 2020

Kim Stanley Robinson’s visionary 2020 novel, Ministry for the Future, projects how a possible climate-disrupted future might unfold and how the world might respond meaningfully. It’s also chock full of brilliant science and wildly imaginative ways humanity steps up. In this Bioneers 2023 keynote, Stan offers his overview of where we currently stand in relation to the climate crisis.

The Green New Deal: Launching the Great Transformation with Demond Drummer and Tom Hayden

As climate chaos and obscene inequality ravage people and planet, a new generation of visionaries is emerging to demand a bold solution: a Green New Deal. Is it a remedy that can actually meet the magnitude and urgency of this turning point in the human enterprise? This podcast features lifelong activist and politician Tom Hayden, and Demond Drummer of Policy Link.

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