The symbiotic emotion

What my most positive thoughts now tell me is that we must resist so-called 'deep' adaptation to an increasingly solastalgic world. That path is an abrogation of our personal and collective obligation to the future and the life-chances of children. Rather, we must offer, at personal and structural levels, grounds for optimism, that we humans … Continue reading The symbiotic emotion

Disaster Amnesia

Heavy rain is falling again in the already saturated catchment of the Yimmang. Warnings from the BOM that the rain will persist for days! We have tried to engineer resilience into our waterside settlements by using sea walls and levees. As human-enhanced unnatural disasters become more frequent and cause more devastation, these 'old' protective measures … Continue reading Disaster Amnesia

The Moth and the Pygmy Possum: A Case Study in Assisted Colonization in the face of Climate Change

The Ethics of Assisted Colonization (AC) in the Age of Anthropogenic Climate Change. G. A. Albrecht • C. Brooke • D. H. Bennett • S. T. Garnet. Case Study 1: The ‘‘New Zealand’’ Mountain Pygmy-Possum (Burramys Aotearoa parvus) 2012; Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. The Australian Mountain Pygmy-Possum (Burramys parvus) is a little knownanimal … Continue reading The Moth and the Pygmy Possum: A Case Study in Assisted Colonization in the face of Climate Change

Entering the Symbiocene.*

The impacts of the late Anthropocene, the age of human dominance over the planet, are now headline news. Visions of a pessimistic future for present and future generations are regularly presented to audiences in public and scientific forums. From the IPCC to cli-fi, the message is one that constantly reminds us that the hot breath … Continue reading Entering the Symbiocene.*


Prihdom: the desire to be set free while at the same time being afraid of the consequences. From Indo European roots: prih (pri) – to love, [Middle English fre, from Old English frēo. V., from Middle English freen, from Old English frēon, to love, set free; see prī- in Indo-European roots.] prī- / Indo-European roots: … Continue reading Prihdom

Caretaking a new Landscape of the Mind (2011 for Ingenius)

There is a real need for new concepts in the English language that help us understand the vital relationship between our physical environment and our mental states. We need a new conceptual ecology to remember and reunite that which we have almost forgotten. Our appreciation of nature, for many city-based and urban citizens, is now … Continue reading Caretaking a new Landscape of the Mind (2011 for Ingenius)

Symbiosis is life, Dysbiosis is death.

From Earth Emotions: The Third and Last War: The Emotional War between Terraphthora and Terranascia. Warfare has been part of the human condition since recorded history. The origins of the word 'war' have meanings connected to states of confusion and being 'mixed-up'. I can see the relevance of 'war' at a time in history where, … Continue reading Symbiosis is life, Dysbiosis is death.

Mermerosity and Global Dread

From Earth Emotions (2019) Global Dread Beyond mermerosity (and meteoranxiety) is a more serious existential condition focused exclusively on extreme anxiety about the future. Having its origins in a conversation in 2003, "global dread" is a psychoterratic condition that anticipates a hugely negative future state of the world.[1] It produces a mixture of terror, extreme anxiety … Continue reading Mermerosity and Global Dread

On Becoming a Sumbiovore

Symbiocene Food and Becoming a Sumbiovore (Based on Earth Emotions 2019). Generation Symbiocene (Gen S) will appreciate more than any earlier generation that "you are what you eat". As we further investigate the human gut microbiome, it is clear that the relationship, between the foods we consume, and the characteristics of our gut bacterial communities, … Continue reading On Becoming a Sumbiovore