The brain of a depressiac courses with bleak chemistry, flooding rivers of olanzapine over synaptial decay, seretonial corrosion and deep-mined dopamine. Earth too, the nervous centre of the solar system, runs with its own dark imbalancings: earthlings, trepanning the mantel-crust with shale-drills, burrowing trillions of pin prick wounds – a global headache. If we’re to drastically decrease emissions and create a sustainable and safe future, change must come from the top, back and sides and it must come now.
The one that’s happening now.
Portraits of climate terror now take the story further, in black and white photographs. Click below please.
Nathan Speicher, Biologist, University of Biology, Bonn. “Some people say ‘we’re getting better and better’. We’re not. Humanity is in a lot of trouble. A lot of trouble.”
Marcus Toynboyalé, Food Scientist and Campaigner, The College of Food Enterprise, Lincoln. “There is a genuine climate threat to our global civilisation. I’ve tried to convey the nature of this threat in my eyes and mouth posture in the photograph. As yet the threat is guttural, inchoate, a growl. But already we can see some of the words forming that will be included in the threat: war, chaos, insecurity, melt, recycle bin.”
Tim Mainwaring, Memetician, University of Toronto. “This decade is critical for the climate. Our last chance to prevent our children from a hellish future will be 2019, 2020, 2021. Three critical years. By either 2020, 2021 or 2022 we will have sealed our future trajectory. Certainly 2023. If we get there. We will know if we get to 2023 by 2019.”
PENELOPE BERTOLLI Biological Scientist University of Macreader, Menzies “I work in shifts. In the morning I work on the migration of tropical species down the east coast of Australia, and in the afternoon I work on the migration of the ocean’s plankton. Such shifts scare me because we can’t predict the impact of these shifts. There will be winners and losers as a result. Perhaps because of more energy in the morning I can help the tropical species problem more. There will come a time when I – we – need to have answers. Revolving shifts perhaps? This might be one answer.”
Sarah Giedroyc, Catastrophe Researcher “We face a catastrophic range of catastrophes. Infrastructural-integrity events, natural systems failure-festivals, and heat intensity performances. Like a Genesis concert, but a Genesis concert with live drowning.”
The dreams of children (sooty and sweep), Everywhere. “What will the world be like for me? In twenty-five years time? Will I live with freedom, or cleave to the empty road? And what of my children? And their children before them? The prospect is grandly, execrably, contingent. A thinning ice of certainty.”