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If you have not yet lowered even a hesitant paw into the rabbit holes marked ‘climate change’, ‘environmental degradation’ and ‘economic collapse’, and have stumbled upon climateandeconomy.com as a starry-eyed ingénue then clearly you are going to think my views pessimistic to the point of madness. I don’t begrudge you that – seven years ago I would have thought the same. At that point in 2011, I was busy being a father, a husband and worker drone in England. I had zero interest in the economy and just a nebulous concern about the state of the environment. I also thought, in so far as I thought of such things at all, that ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ were actually meaningful words in the context of humanity’s endeavours on the planet.

A convergence of personal challenges, the news of my wife’s second pregnancy and the ominous approach of my 40th birthday cast me into a bleak state of mind, and, for reasons I still do not fully comprehend, I felt compelled to reach the very bottom of all three rabbit holes. Certainly my interest in climate change was spurred on by the failure of summer to materialise in the UK in 2012, and indeed that turned out to be England’s wettest year on record. The BBC explained that the jet streams were further south than usual but their analysis ran no deeper than that. “WTF? Why are they so far south?” wondered the younger Panopticon.

By the time my second child was born, I had ironically come to understand that the human race is (and indeed has been for decades) in colossal overshoot, living completely out of balance with the ‘natural’ world and that there is no technological fix for this – a big claim, I know. Really my interest now is just in seeing how this extraordinary period of history unfolds and in keeping an eye on the various areas of stress within the climate and economic systems, and indeed on the interplay between the two. By cobbling together a patchwork quilt of stories from the mainstream press each day, we can, I have found, do this quite effectively.

I intend to provide more commentary on the articles I post moving forwards and also to share some more of my personal journey. If you visit climateandeconomy.com regularly, then I welcome you and am glad of the company. When the ultimate destination sucks as much as this one probably does, we may as well enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.

I work as a virtual researcher in a field unrelated to those about which I post here and it is not the most financially secure arrangement, hence my attempt to diversify income-streams. Your donations will, I hope, afford me the time to source ever more illuminating articles, as well as to provide some deeply-pondered analysis of my own. It is likely that we will detect the foreshocks of the next global financial crisis here on climateandeconomy.com, just as the the UK run on Northern Rock in September of 2007 was a foreshock of the previous one. The challenge, of course, will be in identifying them as such. I'll certainly do my best and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patronage.

With best wishes,
Justin P




Tiers
Lovelies
$2 or more per month
How lovely of you! Believe me, your donation and ones like it really add up and help me keep this going - very gratefully received.   
Gorgeousnesses
$5 or more per month
A noble and lavish commitment. The £ could even collapse with a no-deal Brexit and send it over $10 in real terms. Every cloud!
Endocrinal Adjusters
$10 or more per month
Congratulations - your extraordinarily generous gesture has just stimulated my hypothalamus into releasing oxytocin, causing my intellect to favourably reappraise its entire perspective on the human race! 
Wall Street Jumpers
$19.29 or more per month
In honour of the seismic crash of 1929, this exceedingly generous monthly donation of $19.29 could suit the committed doomer, who knows all financial instruments are about to go up in smoke anyway. So who gives a fuck, right? 
Holy Shit!
$30 or more per month
Are you Jeff Bezos?! If so, please start paying proper taxes and stop treating your staff like indentured servants. Thanks!
If you have not yet lowered even a hesitant paw into the rabbit holes marked ‘climate change’, ‘environmental degradation’ and ‘economic collapse’, and have stumbled upon climateandeconomy.com as a starry-eyed ingénue then clearly you are going to think my views pessimistic to the point of madness. I don’t begrudge you that – seven years ago I would have thought the same. At that point in 2011, I was busy being a father, a husband and worker drone in England. I had zero interest in the economy and just a nebulous concern about the state of the environment. I also thought, in so far as I thought of such things at all, that ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ were actually meaningful words in the context of humanity’s endeavours on the planet.

A convergence of personal challenges, the news of my wife’s second pregnancy and the ominous approach of my 40th birthday cast me into a bleak state of mind, and, for reasons I still do not fully comprehend, I felt compelled to reach the very bottom of all three rabbit holes. Certainly my interest in climate change was spurred on by the failure of summer to materialise in the UK in 2012, and indeed that turned out to be England’s wettest year on record. The BBC explained that the jet streams were further south than usual but their analysis ran no deeper than that. “WTF? Why are they so far south?” wondered the younger Panopticon.

By the time my second child was born, I had ironically come to understand that the human race is (and indeed has been for decades) in colossal overshoot, living completely out of balance with the ‘natural’ world and that there is no technological fix for this – a big claim, I know. Really my interest now is just in seeing how this extraordinary period of history unfolds and in keeping an eye on the various areas of stress within the climate and economic systems, and indeed on the interplay between the two. By cobbling together a patchwork quilt of stories from the mainstream press each day, we can, I have found, do this quite effectively.

I intend to provide more commentary on the articles I post moving forwards and also to share some more of my personal journey. If you visit climateandeconomy.com regularly, then I welcome you and am glad of the company. When the ultimate destination sucks as much as this one probably does, we may as well enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.

I work as a virtual researcher in a field unrelated to those about which I post here and it is not the most financially secure arrangement, hence my attempt to diversify income-streams. Your donations will, I hope, afford me the time to source ever more illuminating articles, as well as to provide some deeply-pondered analysis of my own. It is likely that we will detect the foreshocks of the next global financial crisis here on climateandeconomy.com, just as the the UK run on Northern Rock in September of 2007 was a foreshock of the previous one. The challenge, of course, will be in identifying them as such. I'll certainly do my best and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patronage.

With best wishes,
Justin P




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Tiers
Lovelies
$2 or more per month
How lovely of you! Believe me, your donation and ones like it really add up and help me keep this going - very gratefully received.   
Gorgeousnesses
$5 or more per month
A noble and lavish commitment. The £ could even collapse with a no-deal Brexit and send it over $10 in real terms. Every cloud!
Endocrinal Adjusters
$10 or more per month
Congratulations - your extraordinarily generous gesture has just stimulated my hypothalamus into releasing oxytocin, causing my intellect to favourably reappraise its entire perspective on the human race! 
Wall Street Jumpers
$19.29 or more per month
In honour of the seismic crash of 1929, this exceedingly generous monthly donation of $19.29 could suit the committed doomer, who knows all financial instruments are about to go up in smoke anyway. So who gives a fuck, right? 
Holy Shit!
$30 or more per month
Are you Jeff Bezos?! If so, please start paying proper taxes and stop treating your staff like indentured servants. Thanks!