Innocide and Earthlings The Ongoing Apology to Young and Future Earthlings (I wrote this letter of apology to future generations in 2009. It was based on the apology to the ‘Stolen Generation’ of Indigenous Australians. Now, 10 years later, it is, unfortunately, still relevant.) From Glenn Albrecht, Earth Citizen, My fellow Earthlings, We have reached
Sick of the words ‘climate change denier’? Here is a new one to describe the various merchants of denial, outright lies, feigned ignorance, deception and pedlars of falsehoods. Klimaliar: A collective noun for all sorts of liars and deceivers about the state of the Earth and especially its climate. From the Greek klima, surface of the earth, region and liar, one
Despite the importance of connections between environmental health and human health (physical and mental) in many cultures, we have very few concepts in English that address environmentally-induced mental distress and physical illness. In order to rectify that deficiency, I have created two new diagnostic categories: psychoterratic and somaterratic health and illness. These make the connection
Plato’s Cave. The 5th century BC philosopher Plato, in his book The Republic, tells the story of the famous Allegory of the Cave. The allegory is a conceptual device to help the reader see the distinction between appearance and reality. In the story, prisoners in the cave see only the shadow shapes of real objects
Climate science has been warning us about chronic, negative environmental changes for decades now. However, the scientists have been wrong on almost every front. Wrong in the sense that every prediction they have made has been shown to be mistaken. Climate reality, as it has unfolded, has been worse than their predictions. The science has
I take it as axiomatic that symbiosis is foundational to life at all levels and that symbiogenesis is at least as important as natural selection in the evolution of life on Earth. In the era after the Anthropocene, the Symbiocene, the physical and mental health of humans will be vitally connected to health in symbiotically structured
Climate Calescence: An increasingly warm climate. To be distinguished from a changing climate or a cooling climate. Suffocale? (a feeling of being trapped by all-encompassing, increasing heat). Use: The heat wave is suffocaling me, if this suffocaling does not end soon, I will expire. I am suffocaled and will expire. From: suffocate (Latin suffōcāre, suffōcāt- : sub-, sub- + faucēs, throat.) and calescence (C19: from Latin calēscere to grow warm, from calēre to be warm).
I suggest that the ‘new mourning’ contains the emergent elements of detailed knowledge of causality, anthropogenic culpability and enhanced empathy for the non-human (Albrecht 2016-7). The etymological origins of the word ‘mourning’ come from the Greek language, mermeros related to ‘a state of being worried’ and its meaning is associated with being troubled and to