In what follows I detail how the climate conundrum is showing up for me at the moment, describe and offer links to my professional engagement with climate change, and reflect on how my understanding of the climate crisis led me to the metacrisis, which is my new professional beat. This is a longer post than usual and includes a short climate autobiography, but the ‘joyous struggle’ it discloses is close to my heart and professional purpose, so please bear with me as I try to make sense of it all.

Jonathan Rowson

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