Ep. 132 David Wallace-Wells “The Power of Panic”

July 10, 2019

Playing for Team Human today American Journalist and author of The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells.

David Wallace-Wells joins Team Human to share why he believes that the climate crisis that is both inevitable and avoidable. In his new book, The Uninhabitable Earth, Wallace-Wells works to deconstruct the myth that humans are insulated from the worst effects of climate change. He does this by showing that an obsession with the science behind climate can often hide the larger humanitarian crises. Together, Douglas and David reveal how living in a hotter and less hospitable world will require more than a techno-solutionist approach. Instead, it will require collective political engagement that begins with making the possibility of societal collapse comprehensible to the public today!

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On this episode you heard Fugazi’s “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro thanks to the kindness of the band and Dischord Records.

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One comment

  1. I thought this was a fascinating show! Not the least reason is that I actually created a miniature golf course 15 years ago motivated by reducing climate change (an example Douglas mentioned facetiously in the into). Homegrown Mini-Golf is on a small farm, and it’s landscaped entirely in edible plants, meant to entice folks to visit the farm and show them where their food comes from. I’m an artist and author and I work with Hudson Valley farms to help them promote themselves.
    Second, I’ve heard Douglas mention vertical farming on Team Human a couple of times as a viable agricultural option, but I think it bears a bit of research — as far as I know, most vertical farming operations are tech bait for investors — it doesn’t really work in an energy efficient way for anything but bok choy and other greens, and barely then.
    Thanks, keep up the great talk!

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