Lessons from history in tackling climate change
An FT article quantifying climate changing activities and contrasting them with otherwise familiar benchmarks

What can we learn from studying thousands of years of humanity’s response to natural disasters?

Article in the FT

  • If any of this is true then it seems silly to not think about it or be actively concerned with it
  • Personally, this feels difficult to think about because:
    • I don't know how to start
    • Day to day (or month to month) life seems a bit precarious. I'd like more security before doing something that feels unknown.

I have decided, for me, that I would rather be poor and fulfilled than rich and unfulfilled.

I would prefer to suffer financial stress and have a balanced healthy lifestyle, than have an unfulfilling and stressful life that is financially secure.

Focussing on avoiding financial stress to the detriment of all else feels weak, cowardly, and stupid.

A balanced healthy lifestyle

  1. Time outdoors in natural environments.
  2. A community of friends and slow relationships.
  3. Agency to choose how I spend some of my time.
  4. Activities driven by curiosity, reflection, intellectual pursuits, what is valuable.
  5. A reasonable degree of modest financial security.

An unhealthy lifestyle

  1. Transactional relationships.
  2. Making decisions based on fear of the unknown, what-ifs, maybes, and poorly defined "bad things".
  3. Lack of exercise.
  4. Time in built-up urban environments.
  5. Doing things because that is how they're done. Fitting in. Going with the flow, etc.

How to get started doing something I don't know how to do

  1. Just start producing something - anything.
    • this blog post
    • unordered notes posted on the fridge
  2. Look for people to talk to
  3. Make it easy for people to talk to you
  4. Enjoy the process