Essays on Climate Change And Cultural Transformation

Introduction: Global Warming and the Timeless Axis

This introductory chapter explains how I came to write these essays. Climate scientists are unanimous about the very uncertain prospects for the Earth and for us this century, given our continued reliance on finite fossil fuels and our reluctance to change to alternative and carbon-free fuel sources. What is extraordinary is our resistance to acknowledging the scientific facts and prognosticatIons the scientists claim. My argument throughout rests on the importance of a psychological and ethical exploration to account for our ignoring, or denial, of climate change and to emphasise the need to rethink human nature as it evolves in this twenty-first century. The idea of “the timeless axis” suggests the possibility of a re-newed consciousness beyond the modern categories of time, space and linear causality.

Everything and Nothing: Radical Hope in a Time of Climate Change