Existential risk and resilience in the Anthropocene

Rafael Kaufmann
In Search of Leverage
20 min readApr 3, 2020

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For many people these days, it’s hard not to feel like the end of times is at hand. Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion have brought extreme climate concerns into the mainstream, big-time. Global catastrophe and the collapse of civilization have made the leap from fringe to commonplace so quickly that the new talk is about “climate trauma” and “climate grief” — coming to terms with the impending apocalypse — as well as the “courageous” wartime measures supposedly necessary to survive it. As I write, this zeitgeist is further exacerbated by 2020’s “black swan”, the…

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