Joni Adamson, “Imagining Desirable Futures in the Midst of Ecological Crises”

August 26, 2019

Joni Adamson
Joni Adamson, Arizona State University

With increasing urgency, climate scientists and environmentalists have sought to mobilize public action to address the crisis of global warming. Warning us about the dire need to radically change how we use energy, the ways we grow and distribute food, and many other activities, they’ve described a future in which our planet is increasingly unlivable. But, beyond imagining a world devastated by unchecked greenhouse gas emissions, how might we go about imagining more desirable futures? What resources can we call upon to help us not only avoid disaster but craft a better world? Fellow Joni Adamson, professor of English and director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative at Arizona State University, is working on just these questions. In this podcast, she discusses her efforts to pull together threads of work with which she has been engaged for most of her career.