Video: “doomed I tell you, all doomed!” #Manchester #climate #Malthus etc

So the following is theatre, and (a bit!) theatrical.

The audience is second year students at University of Manchester. Their lecturer wanted a lively and staged (in every sense) debate between someone arguing that Malthus was wrong/there are no limits on human ingenuity/technological progress will make everything better and better forever and… well, the “we’re doooooooomed” school of thought. Oddly she came to me to provide the latter. I hope I obliged?


Noam Chomsky

Anthropocene & Great Acceleration

Exponential Growth

Thelma and Louise!

Terror Management Theory

Raymond Williams


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Was print format from 2012 to 13. Now web only. All things climate and resilience in (Greater) Manchester.
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2 Responses to Video: “doomed I tell you, all doomed!” #Manchester #climate #Malthus etc

  1. So did you win the debate? I’m assuming the students were familiar with climate change science 101…or is that too big an assumption?

    • We didn’t keep score, which we should have done!

      A couple came up to me afterwards and said they’d enjoyed (?! if that’s the right word).

      I’ll get the lecturer to ask the students and then amend the post to include that!



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