Category: psychoterratic

Deep Mitigation

  I have created the meme of the Symbiocene as a counter to the age of solastalgia within the Anthropocene. The Symbiocene offers the prospect of deep mitigation of the causes of global warming and species extinction. The foundations of this idea can be found in my essay Exiting the Anthropocene and Entering the Symbiocene

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Solastalgia, PFAS and the Psyche: Contamination at Williamtown, NSW.

Solastalgia is the lived experience of negative environmental change. As a psychoterratic (psyche-earth) experience and emotion, solastalgia is now well established in the global literature on place and its transformation. Solastalgia has its origins in the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales. In the late 1980s and the 1990s, while an academic at The

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Innocide and Earthlings

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

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Ecocide and Solastalgia

The sudden illness, then death of Polly Higgins (1968 – 2019) is a sad and monumental loss to all humanity. As a champion of the concept of ‘ecocide’, she was taking on the whole world. I believe she would have won. The affinity between her work and mine was captured in Earth Emotions in this

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The Love of Small Things

From little things big things grow (song co-written by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody). Yet, adoration of the individual hero and the ‘big’ person view of history prevails. In ‘Earth Emotions’ (May 2019) I see this trait as, in part, a failure to understand the symbiotic turn in life science. I argue: “Some humans have

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Emotional investment?

A standard view is; “The more emotionally invested you are in anything in your life, the less critical and the less objectively observant you become.” (David JP Phillips, We Don’t Have Time board of directors, “The Magical Science of Storytelling”). I think the opposite is true. Here is my reasoning. Emotions are an integral part

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