Planet 234

Helen Pendry
Losing Paradise
by Stephanie Dale
Many Rivers to Cross by Dylan Moore

Stephanie Dale. Image courtesy BBC.

Stephanie Dale. Image courtesy BBC. BBC Sounds 8 April 2021

We are living in the end times – the numbers tell us that: a 48% rise in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 above pre-industrial levels (NASA); a 68% drop in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2016 (WWF); 80 million displaced people (UN Refugee Agency); $196 billion – the estimated net worth of Jeff Bezos (Forbes). This is how the capitalist beast, feasting on fossil fuels for the last 170 years, lumbers towards its doom, dragging animal, fish, plant, culture, language and landscape with it.

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