FRAGILITY // Leonardo Caffo is a philosopher, curator and essayist, best known for his theory on antispecism and contemporary Post-human. He explains why today, more than ever before, fragile humanity has reached a "definitive collapse point."
RESILIENCE // Robert Swan, OBE, is the first person to have walked to the South and North Poles. He leads non-profit 2041.org which seeks to protect the polar ice caps. He explains how resilience saved his life during near-death experiences.
Botany and its own rhythm
Philosopher Emanuele Coccia explains the rhythm of how plants experience time and rejuvenation: How a trunk can live for centuries, and a branch of the same tree can last only weeks.
How can a civilization teach itself how to die?
The apocalypse is here; it’s just unfolding in an unexpected way. How can a civilization teach itself how to die?
Synthetic biology might feed us
Natural resources will never be enough to feed us all, and moving humankind to another planet is not an option yet. Synthetic biology could help us feed our growing population without destroying Earth – or forcing us out of it.
The failure of a system
The crisis we are experiencing is not the failure of a species, it’s the failure of a system. This is the story of an alternative interpretive model which sees the Anthropocene as a biased discourse which blames victims and is a weak landmark for the new green movement.
Explore the ocean pollution
Science is supposed to prove theories, not to communicate them. Explorers and adventurers can bridge the gap between nature and our understanding of it. All thanks to a story.
“When climate experts claim that the global warming increase should be held below 1,5 °C above pre-industrial levels, they are giving us a range. If we can stay within these two degrees we will be fine, but if we exceed this limit, we’ll have to face huge problems”.
Drawing lines is more than just a mental exercise; it’s a cultural practice that puts us, and our view of reality, on the map. But now the ground is being cut from under our feet.
Turning soya into a commodity
Is there a link between Chinese chickens and pigs and the gradual disappearance of the Amazon rainforest? What about between European cows and the growth of suburban slums in Africa? At first sight, one would think there is none – but food is everything, and it’s in everything, too.
As the war against plastic reaches new heights, we are urged to find as viable and cheap alternatives for food packaging — ideally ones that decompose in less than 1,000 years.
Environmental history is often considered to be peripheral, but it can teach us a lot about the times we’re living in. Five questions to John McNeill, a pioneer in the study of this field.
Corporate social responsibility
A responsible business grows thanks to corporate activism, not despite it. Meaning there is a way to make ‘corporations’ and ‘sustainability’ rhyme — but you need a strong will, and a drastic change in the way growth is measured.
Tackling climate change
The methane once trapped into the tundra ice is evaporating. New York City, Jakarta and Venice are struggling against the sinking. Rainfalls, flooding and hurricanes are hitting the most vulnerable regions of the planet. Without a global political action, there is very little we can do to avoid an ecological catastrophe.