Waiting for the Thaw: Thwarted Pleasures & Locked Down Dissent


Emily Trahair

In this era of climate anxiety and pandemic, and creeping awareness of the true cost of our long estrangement from nature in a (post-)industrial, increasingly digital world, people are often urged via health apps, employee wellbeing platforms, online listicle-writers, influencers, and numerous other beneficiaries of the ‘wellbeing industry’ to be rather perfunctorily ‘mindful’ of some leaf or other, as they take a gaspful of fresh air in between the usual stale routine of working, spending, worrying and ceaseless digital engagement.

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