Deep Adaptation- Jem Bendell

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Excerpt from the paper “Deep Adaptation” by Jem Bendell:

The paper, published in July of 2018, concludes “…recent research suggests that human societies will experience disruptions to their basic functioning within less than ten years due to climate stress.  Such disruptions include increased levels of malnutrition, starvation, disease, civil conflict and war – and will not avoid affluent nations. This situation makes redundant the reformist approach to sustainable development and related fields of corporate sustainability. Instead, a new approach which explores how to reduce harm and not make matters worse is important to develop. In support of that challenging, and ultimately personal process, understanding a ‘deep adaptation agenda’ may be useful.”

June 15th, 2020: A Meta-Scientific Assessment:
“We cannot rule out catastrophic outcomes where human life as we know it is threatened… the Earth is on an unsustainable trajectory. Something will have to change at some point if the human race is going to survive.

 April 21st, 2022: Should we discuss our anticipation of collapse?
Your anxiety or even emotional distress about the situation with the climate is normal, sane, healthy and even righteous. Those difficult emotions you have been feeling may also be a painful gateway to a different expression of who you are, depending on how we support each other in that process of change.

2 thoughts on “Deep Adaptation- Jem Bendell

  1. Hi Bill
    My work in the ‘80s involved concerns about climate change and adaptation. At one point I convinced my employer that a drama workshop was good professional development. One of our exercises was a “messiah” moment where we had to make a dramatic entry onto the stage, followed by other participants acting as our loyal followers and cheering us on. Being the shy type I had to have two goes… On my second attempt I moved seamlessly into a “this is our opportunity to make the world better” mode. Since then I have tried to pursue the opportunities for a better world and to dispel the fear of change. No Panglossians allowed! The reality of course is that vested interests see loss and behavioural economics has long demonstrated that we value losses (that we know about) much more than potential gains.
    After sleepwalking under conservative governments we in Oz have had our wake up with our horrific summer of fires. What is truely appalling is how many experts tried to advise the Governments at all levels and were largely ignored. Many local government listened but they were dealing with reality on the ground where the higher levels were dealing with ideology (and still are). The government is so inept it looks valiantly for anything that might disguise a reality they don’t know how to deal with. Our Pentecostal Prime Minister believes in God’s will so the poor deserve to be poor and the rich deserve to be rich and it is his job to keep it that way. I guess he hasn’t made it to the New Testament yet?


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