Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and public intellectual. 

Since 2008 he has been Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra.

He writes in his latest book - “Defiant Earth: The fate of humans in the Anthropocene”:  

So the specific human activities that gave us the Anthropocene are rooted in technological industrialism, the susceptibilities behind the refusal to change course are not, I have written elsewhere thew various psychological “coping strategies” we use to evade, deflate, and deny the discomforting facts of climate change. They are not merely psychological proclivities. These forms of resistance are culturally embedded and socially organized - from the power of corporations to promote doubt to the fetish of economic growth, to faith in the technofix, or the short-termism of political structures, and the innate self-absorption of consumerism. Even so, evasion and denial remain human qualities, as we have known at least since the Book of Job.  

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