At Work in the Ruins: Finding Our Place in the Time of Science, Climate Change, Pandemics & All the Other Emergencies

Chelsea Green. Feb. 2023. 224p. ISBN 9781645021841. $27. SCI
Hine, a British former journalist living in Sweden, dives deep into the conversations around awareness, activism, and emotions connected to world crises. Coauthor of Uncivilization: The Dark Mountain Manifesto in 2009, Hine spoke not of saving the current systems but of building new ones. Now he calls for a shift in how people make decisions and plan for the future. Without dismissing the importance of governments or science, Hine writes that an important first step is acknowledging that governments and science don’t have ready solutions for all the problems people face. Hine explores the role of fiction, art, and theater in building resilience. Looking ahead, he seeks options, not optimism, and works to advance the conversation around climate change and other global crises from a Western perspective, with the aim of encouraging dialogue beyond binary ideologies.
VERDICT A thought-provoking suggestion for readers well versed in climate discourse.
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