Change of Era
Our point of departure lies in a realisation : that we are living today at the end of a period marked by the greatest material wealth human history has ever known. This wealth was built on temporary sources of cheap, concentrated energy that made everything else possible.
For the last four and a half billion years, life on Earth has evolved according to rhythms whose slowness is only matched by the speed of today’s industrial processes. In the immensity of time, eons, eras, periods overlap in immense temporal ellipses, punctuated by cosmic accidents, alternations of global warming and ice ages. For stratigraphors*, [...] More >>>>
Once you have understood the phenomenon of peak oil, the problem can be tackled from many angles. You can become depressed from the feeling of powerlessness, because like everyone else, you are dependent on this cheap and abundant form of energy. Furthermore, it seems impossible to avoid this general quagmire facing us. You therefore, [...] More >>>>
Let us call “the collapse” of contemporary globalised society the process at the end of which basic needs (water, food, housing, clothing, energy, mobility, and security) are no longer provided to a majority of the population by state-controlled services. More >>>>
With the oil era entering its second phase and industrial society beginning down the unstable road of a catabolic collapse, we must prepare ourselves to see another labour revolution unfold. The changes that are coming are likely to be every bit as traumatising as those that brought forth the industrial revolution. It remains to be [...] More >>>>
The tsunami that hit north-east Japan and the consecutive explosions in the Fukushima nuclear power plant constitute an implacable whole – an interconnectedness of human, geological and psychical catastrophes. The interlocking of natural elements with industrial objects has made our planet an open-air laboratory. There is no longer anywhere on earth that escapes this experimentation. [...] More >>>>