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Jem Bendell on Deep Adaptation, Climate Change and Societal Collapse -E45

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Published on Dec 27, 2018

How can we adapt to the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse?

In this episode Amisha sits down with strategist and educator Jem Bendell. Jem published a paper in July 2018 introducing the concept of Deep Adaptation and stating his belief in the inevitability of climate-induced societal collapse within the next 10 years.

Jem first became an environmentalist as a teenager in 1988 and went on to train as a climate scientist before moving into the field of sustainable business. Alarming data on melting ice and permafrost drew Jem back to climate science, where he soon realised that what we see today are many signs of runaway climate change, which has already gone beyond our control.

Through his work on Deep Adaptation, Jem offers three questions for humanity at this time: what do we most value, what must we let go of and what must we restore that has been lost? Jem speaks about sharing his message with school children and sustainable development professionals alike, the fascinating responses he has received to his work and the resulting existential and spiritual shifts in his own life.

“The big challenge of our time is to make sure that when our hearts break we stay open and connected and curious rather than coming up with stories to justify ourselves being violent to others that we have othered more than those closest to us.” - Jem Bendell

Links from this episode and more at www.thefutureisbeautiful.co

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