For years I felt quite timid about my concerns, and then my conclusions, on the dire future of modern societies under increasing environmental stress. When my Deep Adaptation paper went viral, I didn’t ride the wave onto TV screens and into bookstores. The topic was too sensitive for that, and I felt too raw. At the time, I was somewhat confused about how to integrate my own anticipation of societal collapse into my own life. Therefore, I focused on engaging people who already shared my outlook, to engage in open dialogue on the potential positive ways of responding. Five years later, I have learned much from the many people who made major life changes precisely because of their recognition that we are in an era of unfolding societal collapse.

Prof. Jem Bendell

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