In each case, he shows how human industrial activity has impacted and destabilized the web of life, usually with inevitable and dire consequences for our own chances of survival. Today he is a Company Director and Chairman of the Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative. And cod and spruce trees and all these different things that were on different scales and it was fascinating to me and I mean to be honest it seems to be the bit of the book that most people enjoy and then it starts getting a bit serious and then people go oh actually where are we going on this? It is a book of two halves. If you read it, and I exhort you to read it, you will see that there is no other solution but the wholesale deconstruction of industrial society. Farnish is adamant that Western civilization is in the process of collapsing, as is the ecosystem.
The author asks us to believe that the many sources of disease that threaten us are arising due to our civilization, hence it is our civilization that is the problem. For a list of these articles, follow the link to the page. A stay at home father and husband, occasional computer expert, serial volunteer and not-quite self-sufficient individual in the Scottish borders, Keith Farnish has been actively involved in environmental and social issues for nearly 20 years — for a large part of that as an active member of various organisations before becoming disillusioned with the mainstream activist movement. As we stand, humanity is doomed to a collapse that will leave only a few nomads, and a toxic, barely survivable Earth in its wake. Not all humans are responsible: just those who are part of Industrial Civilization.
Unlikely, since by then we would be clad in skins, furs or homespun cloth, or, if global warming comes through in time, perhaps a simple loincloth would suffice. In the third instalment of our mini-series investigating the inevitable collapse of industrial civilisation, activist and author Keith Farnish discusses some of the key issues raised in his book Time's Up! The second half details, with surprising openness how the reader can utilize their abilities and new-found determination to be an effective Underminer; whether that be undermining the advertising industry or the political machine, turning symbolic protestors into real activists, building self-determined communities or simply being ourselves — connected, free human beings. Let me tell you about my own experiences with mother nature. With this ending, we stand little chance of survival. He would also offer an inclusive solution where Governments and Corporations are taking part in the Transition. Continuing in the world in which Almost Gone is set; the follow-up is in progress, entitled Other Worlds, and written from the point of view of a member of the other tribe featured in the first novel. Now, Keith is a very interesting guy, he is a writer, a volunteer, an activist, who in a former life was economically viable he says.
Very carefully and delicately, with many references to academic research and a rich bibliography, Keith lays out the case that extinction is the default choice — unless you, dear reader of such books, along with a few other people, people like Keith, who would like to help you, come up with a better plan. This is an environmental catastrophe. A worthy goal, perhaps, although none of what Keith proposes is particularly radical or effective, or it would be illegal and his book would be banned. Keith Excerpt A Terminal Lack Of Connection It seems trite to say this, but the root of our destructive behaviour, as inhabitants of a planet on the cusp of ecological collapse, is that we are no longer connected: surely we are more connected than ever in our globalized, Internet-enabled, satellite ringed existence. But unlike, say, yeast, some of us also capable of understanding an important principle: that just blindly creating progeny doomed to extinction is not as clever as we like to imagine ourselves to be. So why is nothing being done beyond changing light bulbs, recycling and buying organic food? But Keith does come up with a very simple, powerful idea that cuts through all of this sentimental fog like a laser beam.
He started work on Almost Gone as a short story in 2014 and was encouraged by various people to turn it into a novel, which was completed in mid-2015. To become modern, the slave must be upgraded to new and improved wage-slavery, complete with consumer rights. The end is when it falls, and the fall is coming soon. In fact, no form of civilization has ever been sustainable nor ever will be. First, the author insists, we must face a very difficult reality: Each of us is the system. The second is the vision of environmental catastrophe: methane bubbles out of the tundra, the ice caps melt, the oceans rise, the forests burn up, fields turn to desert, harvests fail, and, along with most other species, humans go extinct.
People know that the climate is changing, that species are being removed from the Earth at a rapidly increasing rate, that entire ecosystems are becoming shadows of their former richness; they know, but they do not understand. Returning to pre-industrial ages also means returning to pre-industrial culture. Within you will find a description of the book with links to the individual chapters that you can read on screen. It is quite possible to take the position that while the cupcake-and-kitten universe is undeniably real, first-hand experience, and is all that makes your life interesting and fun, the big scary world of ecological and economic catastrophe is an ever-changing carnival show of horrific visions that our apocalypse-addled culture serves up as popular entertainment. It's the present and future of politics and business. Even if we went back to pre-industrial, in a thousand years we would have re-industrialized again.
I will keep this updated as more articles are written. Two things we must do: Concentrate on the Tools of Disconnection -- notice them, avoid them, and live our lives in a manner that abdicates them. Failure to connect is the reason humanity is pulling the plug on its life-support machine. It's a good book, though, and worth reading for the subject matter; in fact I recommend reading this then the Black House trilogy, which gives all the background behind George Gunn and much more besides. Underminers is the timely follow-up to An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis. Having read this we see why. He founded The Earth Blog in 2006, intended as a source of inspiration for people who want to be challenged, and also the anti-greenwashing site The Unsuitablog.
Mine might turn out to be particularly clever — much more clever than you or me — so why not let them sort this out for themselves? Computer-savvy Keith gave us the fix for the problem afterwards. Farnish excludes them from his revolution. Another is that his presentation, true to fact though it is, due to its dark subject matter, is enough to drive most people to melancholy. Yeast are actually somewhat clever, and when their environment becomes too polluted with their main waste product, alcohol, for them to function, they fall dormant and wait for an improvement, whereas we just kick the bucket. With this I must take issue because the very connectedness he counsels us to develop is in itself, in my opinion, the fundamental nutrient of the human soul and is nothing less than a spiritual practice. The first ending has happened before. I like her emphasis on not doing it alone — just like our ancestors did — share the work, share the tools, and have a good time being together.
Aside from the convincing finality of your arguments and your book seems extremely well-researched and well-annotated , I feel kind of paralyzed into inaction think deer in headlights. Please read our Group Rules before participating as this will help to ensure we have a good experience for everyone. Vast groups of humans, all taking part in a single, complex system, thrive for a short while; they take what they want until there is nothing left to take, and the system collapses. This book is less about tackling climate change and more about ridding the planet of industrial civilisation. It takes up where that book left off, with a detailed, highly practical approach to the process of undermining in all its many hues. It is like a marriage.