The Past Is Always Catching Up On Us: On Time, Trauma & The Climate Storm To Come

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“We need to stop things. We need to destroy things. We need to not affirm things like coal-fired power plants, or accelerate automobility. We need to terminate those things! That’s the element of negativity. There’s no way we can get out of the warming condition, or prevent climate breakdown without destroying or terminating things that are dangerous.”

Ecologist Andreas Malm explains how a disconnection from time and nature blinds the Global North to the immediate realities of climate change – as two centuries of carbon returns to threaten a present society frozen by the ideological constraints of capitalism, only a radical transformation of our politics and economy will keep us afloat as the storm rolls in.

Andreas is author of The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World  from Verso.


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