Without Growth or Progress: Adapting our Culture to the New Climate Reality

22.6.2019 - 22.6.2019

Bristol, UK

As Bill Mckibben recently said, it’s a long escalator down to hell. 

It has many stops on the way down and we must do all that we can to limit our descent towards climate breakdown and ecological disaster. But we can no longer deny that this is now our direction of travel, towards a world of floods, fires, famines, food shortages and mass migration. The natural world stands exhausted, we have destroyed its carrying capacity.

But how might we adapt as a culture to such a world in a way which preserves our humanity? The aim of this World Café workshop is to start a process of thinking about this challenge.

Among the questions we shall explore together are:

• What might help us to contain those survivalist fears that would otherwise push us towards defensive, possessive and hostile responses to the other?
• What would it be like to be part of a culture which no longer believed in progress, one which was prepared to be prepared for the worst rather than always hoping for the best?
• What forms might love and hope assume in an age of ecological austerity?

This workshop is the result of a collaboration between the Green House think tank and the Climate Psychology Alliance. It is also a celebration of the publication of two books out this spring, John Foster (ed.) Facing Up To Climate Reality: Honesty, Disaster and Hope (Green House/London Publishing Partnership) and Paul Hoggett (ed.) Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster (Palgrave Macmillan).