Is Global Climate Change Inevitable?

The evidence of global warming is all around us, so why can’t we admit what we really all know – that it is now too late to stop dangerous climate change from taking hold? What could we think, and how could we act, if we did admit it? John Foster’s new book, After Sustainability: Denial, Hope, Retrieval , published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis, examines the full extent of denial around this issue, the failure of the sustainability agenda, and what happens after sustainability.

Some people still refuse to accept that climate change is coming; others refuse to accept that we are too late to stop it. Foster argues that both these reactions to climate change spring from the same source: our pathological attachment to ‘progress’, of which sustainability has been one more version.   After Sustainability traces that attachment to its roots in the ways we make sense of ourselves, in order to provide a view of what a habitable future could look like and enable humankind to take action. According to Foster, “You can’t think clearly about what comes next, until you are prepared to challenge the ideology of progress.”

Paul Kingsnorth, poet, author and Director of the  Dark Mountain  project, says, “An understanding of the bind we are in, why ‘sustainability’ has failed to get us out of it, and what an honest alternative might be is long overdue. This book looks beyond false hope and strained optimism to what that future might look like.”

This original and accessible book is written for anyone who has glimpsed our environmental tragedy, cares about our future and wants to give up pretending without giving up hope.

The author will be introducing the book at a seminar at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources in London, on October 9th 2014, which is open to the public.  For more information on this seminar, and more about the book, please visit www.routledge.com/u/aftersustainability .