"Getting Hitched and Unhitched with the Ecomodernists"

Szerszynski, Bronislaw | from Multimedia Library Collection:

Szerszynski, Bronislaw. “Getting Hitched and Unhitched with the Ecomodernists.” Environmental Humanities 7, no. 1 (2016): 239-44. doi:10.1215/22011919-3616443.

The authors of An Ecomodernist Manifesto offer us a new twist on an old argument: to avert ecological collapse we need not less modernity, but more. According to the ecomodernists, our global predicament is like that of a truck driver in the midst of an emerging multiple-vehicle pile-up; if we lose our nerve, and jam on the brakes, the disaster will overwhelm us. We must instead keep faith in the technological, progressive project, and press the accelerator down even further; only then can we get through the moment of danger and leave the pile-up of history behind us. (Author’s introduction)

© Bronislaw Szerszynski 2016. Environmental Humanities is available online only and is published under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).