Wed, 12 August 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Building For the End Times

Bradley Garrett in conversation with Robert Macfarlane




Urban explorer Bradley Garrett and award-winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane explore the growing global movement ‘prepping’ for social and environmental collapse.

When he began his investigation of the men and women building bunkers to survive an apocalypse, Bradley Garrett could not have imagined he would finish it in the early days of a global pandemic, when all of us – whether or not we were prepared – would soon be locked down for months in our own homes.

Today, the bunker has become the extreme expression of our greatest fears: not only of pandemics but climate change and nuclear war. And once you look, it doesn’t take long to start seeing bunkers everywhere.

From the ‘dread merchants’ hustling safe spaces in the American mid-West to eco-fortresses in Thailand, from geoscrapers to armoured mobile bunkers, Bradley joins How To Academy to tell a deeply disturbing story from the frontlines of the way we live now: an illuminating reflection on our age of disquiet and dread that brings it into new, sharp focus.

In this conversation with the award-winning nature writer and Cambridge fellow Robert Macfarlane, Garrett will show us that the bunker is all around us: in malls, airports, gated communities, the vehicles we drive. Most of all, it’s in our minds.

This event is held in partnership with 5×15.

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