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Apocalypse.

When you read that word, what emotions does it elicit? What imagery comes to mind?

In common use today, apocalypse refers to any event marked by catastrophe, cataclysm, or destruction on a vast scale. Some warned of impending financial apocalypse even before the coronavirus pandemic forced governments around the world to shut their economies down. Others have warned of climate and ecological apocalypse for decades, and fear a global tipping point may not be far off.

Not only do we fear apocalypse, we also fetishize it. From I Am Legend and Mad Max to The Road, Parable of the Sower, and beyond, apocalyptic themes score big at bookstores and at the box office. In the realm of fiction, apocalypse is a billion-dollar industry. It may well be that at no other time in history have so many people been so fascinated with the conditions of their own demise. …


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Acorns were an important food source for people around the world prior to the rise of industrial agriculture, though few people eat them today. One reason for this is that acorns are not edible straight from the tree. Their high tannin content gives many raw acorns an intensely bitter taste and astringent mouthfeel, making them unpleasant to eat and toxic if eaten in large quantities. With thoughtful processing enough of these tannins can be removed to yield a food that is nutritious and calorie dense. …


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On May 11, 2019 our atmosphere’s concentration of carbon dioxide surpassed 415 ppm for the first time since anatomically modern humans have walked on Earth. This milestone is the crowning achievement of centuries spent burning fossil fuels, cutting trees, and tilling soil, among other activities. These workings transform our world, making it warmer, shifting its precipitation patterns, and leading to extreme weather events. We are changing more than our planet’s climate, too. Our development, forestry, and agricultural practices alter global nutrient cycles, decimate biodiversity, and leave no region of the planet uncontaminated. …

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Eric Garza

I dabble in written, audio, and video media production and ponder deeply the predicaments of our age. Find me on the web at EricGarza.info.

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