Many young men and women of childbearing age ask if it is reasonable to have children with a such bleak future unfolding via climate calescence, ecosystem distress, nuclear fallout, plastic pollution, species extinction and a myriad of other Earth insults. My answer is that if we do nothing to bring about the end of the
Tinpany is the sound heavy rain makes on a tin or metal roof. The word has its origins in the Timpany, Tympani or Timpani, the kettledrum, and Pan, the Greek God of the wild and music.
Alcoalism: a serious addiction afflicting politicians who cannot give up political donations from coal companies. Remedy: Alcoalholics Anonymous: “is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoalism. The only requirement for membership is a
A form of social, cultural and literary criticism that evaluates all forms of creative endeavour from the perspective of: The degree of interconnectedness between the social world and the biological and ecological systems that support it The level of awareness of the forms symbiotic ‘living together’ between different types of beings on this planet The ability
Cognalgia = pain or distress in the mind caused by conceptual overload or the complete disruption of all previous forms of cognition-as-usual. From Latin cognitiō, cognitiōn-, from cognitus, past participle of cognōscere, to learn and algia = pain.
The Koala and a native sense of place: the urgent need for a distinctively Australian environmental ethic (Written in the year 2000 for a QLD Koala Conference; 17 years later, nothing has changed. See: The Guardian: Jan 16 2017, Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm, the species is slipping away . Abstract
Tierracide = Earth murder. The deliberate desolation of the Earth such that it can no longer support life and life-support processes. To be distinguished from ‘Ecocide’ which is the destruction of ecosystems.
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 grieve. Perhaps we should expand the psychoterratic typology beyond an established term such as ‘ecoanxiety’ to include a concept like ‘mermerosity’ or what I would define as
The anxiety that is felt in the face of the threat of the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events is something that people in diverse and far-flung parts of the world now, unfortunately, have in common. Such ‘meteoranxiety’ is exacerbated now that we have 24/7 ‘weather channels’ and satellite-based predictive capacity that deliver
There is a scene in the film Avatar where the human Jake Sully (in avatar Na’vi form) and the native Pandoran, Neytiri intertwine their prehensile, braided, pony tails or ‘queues’. As these queues are extensions of their neural systems they can be used for communication, collaboration and connection with other Na’vi, different species and the