el documental sobre paul kingsnorth, y alguna reflexión sobre marte

https://www.15-15-15.org/webzine/2019/07/11/retrato-de-un-ecologista-en-rehabilitacion/

Paul Kingsnorth: «El váter moderno es una buena metáfora de la sociedad actual: cagas en una tubería, tiras de la cadena y adiós. No tienes que lidiar con tu mierda, hasta que te llega al cuello. Creo que la noción de apretar un botón, y que todos tus desechos desaparezcan para que otros se ocupen de ellos es una metáfora de la vida que vivimos. Desde que tengo uso de razón, y mucho antes, siempre ha habido promesas de salvación tecnológica. Ahora llegan de Silicon Valley: que si podremos trasferir nuestra consciencia a máquinas… que si habrá carne cultivada para todos dentro de unos años… que si la fusión nuclear, que si la energía del hidrógeno… Pero son cosas que nunca llegan. Siempre falta poco, pero nunca llegan. Es el cuento de la salvación. Es como una doctrina religiosa: el reino de los cielos nos espera. Es como el cuento de vivir en Marte. Da igual que hayamos destruido la Tierra. Construiremos un nuevo planeta en Marte por y para los humanos. La de Marte es una historia de locos. “Hemos destruido el único planeta con vida que conocemos en todo el universo pero da igual, construiremos otro en un planeta desértico y desolado”. Aunque fuera físicamente posible, que no lo es, ¿qué diría de nosotros como personas? ¿Es una buena idea irse a vivir a Marte en lugar de cuidar más de nuestro planeta? ¿Nos instalaremos en un nuevo planeta para volver a repetir los mismos errores? Cuando la gente habla de soluciones para la crisis del medioambiente, habla de alternativas tecnológicas al uso de combustibles fósiles o de crear una aspiradora enorme que extraiga el CO2 de la atmósfera…»

 

Sobre estos asuntos discurría yo a comienzos del siglo XXI:

http://fcmanrique.org/recursos/publicacion/unadiosparalos.pdf

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The battle against climate change by Paul Kingsnorth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_s8Vo00Xug

 

Humanity has lost the battle against climate change. That is what Paul Kingsnorth thinks. The former environmental activist believes that we can´t stop climate change anymore. How should we live on knowing that climate change is a fact that can´t be denied anymore? A documentary that gives thinker and writer Paul Kingsnorth the time to explain how humanity still can be hopeful although the battle against climate change in his eyes has been lost. Former environmental activist and writer Paul Kingsnorth has withdrawn to Ireland on a unspoilt part of the earth. You could say that he lives now at the end of the world. A portrait of an end-time thinker who nevertheless does not give up hope and continues to believe in the power of nature. Thinker and writer Paul Kingsnorth stood early on the barricades as a conservationist. He resisted the insatiable hunger of the globalized world for more land, resources and things in England and on the other side of the world in Papa New Guinea. Kingsnorth was one of the leaders of the environmental movement and reached a large international audience with its passionate speeches. But at some point, he came to terms that he had to revisit his belief that humanity could save the world. In his bundled essays «Confessions of a recovering environmentalist» (2017) he describes how some weak-kneed accountants of this world hollowed out the green movement from the inside and exchanged the barricades for ties and conference tables. Limiting CO2 emissions became the new gospel because it was measurable and countable. But according to Kingsnorth, that is an illusion. He thinks that in his victory rush, the green movement of today exchanges the remaining wild nature for a wind or solar panel farm. The battle is lost. Kingsnorth withdrew with his family to the Irish countryside to live self-sufficient. He founded the «Dark Mountain Project» in which writers, poets and artists are looking for a different view of the end of the world, based on the connection between man and nature. He exchanged his clenched fist and protesting voice for an inner, literary search for the question of what makes us human and what our place is on this magical planet. Original titel: De aarde draait door Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2018. © VPRO Backlight December 2018