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I Want a Better Catastrophe

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Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2023-02-14
ISBN: 9780865719835
Format: Paperback - 416 pages
Size: 6" x 9" (w x h)
BISAC: SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change

I Want a Better Catastrophe

Navigating the Climate Crisis with Grief, Hope, and Gallows Humor

An existential manual for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate doomers

With global warming projected to rocket past the 1.5°C limit, lifelong activist Andrew Boyd is thrown into a crisis of hope, and off on a quest to learn how to live with the "impossible news" of our climate doom.

He searches out eight of today's leading climate thinkers — from activist Tim DeChristopher to collapse-psychologist Jamey Hecht, grassroots strategist adrienne maree brown, eco-philosopher Joana Macy, and Indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer — asking them: "Is it really the end of the world? and if so, now what?"

With gallows humor and a broken heart, Boyd steers readers through their climate angst as he walks his own. Boyd's journey takes him from storm-battered coastlines to pipeline blockades and "hopelessness workshops." Along the way, he maps out our existential options, and tackles some familiar dilemmas: "Should I bring kids into such a world?" "Can I lose hope when others can't afford to?" and "Why the fuck am I recycling?"

He finds answers that will surprise, inspire, and maybe even make you laugh. Drawing on wisdom traditions Eastern, Western, and Indigenous, Boyd crafts an insightful and irreverent guide for achieving a "better catastrophe."

This is vital reading for everyone navigating climate anxiety and grief as our world hurtles towards an unthinkable crisis.

About the Author

Andrew Boyd is a writer, humorist, activist, and CEO (Chief Existential Officer) of the Climate Clock, a global campaign melding art, science, and grassroots organizing to get the world to #ActInTime on climate. Andrew's previous books include Beautiful Trouble, Daily Afflictions, and Life's Little Deconstruction Book. Andrew lives in New York City.



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