Brian Eno, producer, contemporary musician, visual artist and climate advocate meets David Wallace-Wells, the environmentalist whose terrifying vision is the wake-up call we need to save the future.
Climate change is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn’t happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.
In July 2017 David Wallace-Wells published a cover story in New York Magazine surveying the landscape of worst-case scenarios for global warming. The article became an immediate sensation, reaching millions of readers on its first day and sparking an unprecedented public debate, ongoing still today among scientists and journalists, about just how we should be thinking, and talking, about the planetary threat from climate change.
Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well. What will it be like to live on a pummelled planet? What will it do to our politics, our economy, our culture and sense of history? And what explains the fact we have done so little to stop it? These are not abstract questions but immediate and pressing human dramas, dilemmas and nightmares.
Aside from his career as musician and visual artist, Brian Eno has consistently used contemporary media to campaign for human rights and the environment for many years. He continues to serve as a Trustee of Client Earth, a position he has now held for more than 10 years. Client Earth is Europe’s pioneering environmental charity, using the power of the law to protect the planet. They are lawyers and environmental experts who are fighting against climate change and to protect nature and the environment. They take governments to court and win.
David Wallace-Wells and Brian Eno will be joining How To Academy to discuss this sober, scientific but utterly terrifying vision of the unfolding 21st century. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.
Don’t miss this cinematic, propulsive and frightening climate tour of our near future – coming much faster than you think.
Praise for David Wallace-Wells’s The Uninhabitable Earth:
‘If you read just one work of non-fiction this year, it should be this… what this book forces you to face is more important than any other subject you could be informing yourself about’ – Evening Standard
‘A sensation. Read it and, for the lack of any more useful response, weep’ – Sunday Times
‘An epoch-defining book’ – Guardian
‘This generation’s Silent Spring’ – Washington Post
‘The most terrifying book I have ever read’ – The New York Times
‘Dazzling’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Riveting’ – Economist
‘The book that changed me. Urgently readable’ – Matt Haig
‘Everyone, everywhere, should read it’ – Rutger Bregman