“Can we imagine a different way of being on the earth? Can we imagine our way into a world where we can say, and live by, the words Enough. We have enough? Can we imagine our way into a world where we change our ideas and behaviors so that the earth can live?”
These are the questions Patty poses at the beginning of today’s episode with guest Ashley Dawson, who has written about extinction and urban life in the age of climate change. They spend the hour exploring climate catastrophe and the extremes brought on by capitalism, including massive loss of biodiversity and weather disasters affecting major world cities, and what we can do about it.
Ashley Dawson is a professor of English at The City University of New York (CUNY), where he teaches classes in environmental humanities and postcolonial ecocriticism. He is the author of Extinction: A Radical History (OR Books, 2016) and Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (Verso, 2019).