This news is a little stale by now, but the big skunk-works project that has monopolized my time and prevented me from getting podcasts out has launched.
Planet3.0 is a new attempt at sustainability journalism. An attempt to present the news that should be on the front page.
What will become of us?
There is a strange sense of inevitability these days, the idea that the world is careening along a trajectory not under human control.
As Sartre observed, “the future is not yet written”.
It is time for us to start writing it. We cannot do so if we limit the discussion by imposing the interests of any particular culture or interest or institution. We need to take the discussions that the cleverest of us occasionally manage to have over beer at midnight, and put them front and center, into the public sphere. A cold, hard look at the present and the future can be frightening, but it also can be exhilarating. It is time for us to be willing to say what mustn’t be said, and consider doing what mustn’t be done. This is no time for an excess of propriety. But the time for blame and recriminations is over. We can’t afford them anymore. Let’s move on.
Let’s look reality in the face and decide what needs to be done.
Indeed. Much talk these days (from very important people no less) is completely divorced from reality. We cannot expect solutions or a positive future to come out of this. We need to do better and Planet3.0 aims to at least be a part of that.
The future will be many things, but boring ain’t on the list