Bookmarked Metafoundry 72: Terraforma Incognita by an author (TinyLetter)

There are an infinite number of dystopian futures that we can fixate on, like rocks in our path. And there’s the lazy nihilism epitomized by ‘LOL we’re fucked’, like taking our bikes and going home. 

Or we can, together, learn to look at the line. Because there absolutely is a path through to a better future for everyone, one that’s sustainable and resilient and equitable. But we have to learn to see it, to stay focused on it, and to follow it down. That’s the work. 

Deb Chachra reflects on the past with an eye towards a more sustainable future. She explains the problems with the spoils of colonialism, especially our institutions.

I’m staking a claim on all UK institutions built with public money between 1670, when the Hudson’s Bay Company was founded and became the de facto government of much of Canada, and 1947, when India and Pakistan became independent.

Especially that it is overlooked and that it itself often overlooked what was already in place in regards to sustainability.

The implicit driver of colonization is always that the residents are using the land ‘incorrectly’, and sustainability always looks like underutilization when compared to resource extraction.

This is something captured by Bruce Pascoe in Dark Emu.

The problem with are facing is that by failing to respond to the problem now we are colonising the future:

We’ve been colonizing the future: extracting resources and degrading our ecosystems, rather than maintaining ‘enough and as good left in common for others’. Its inhabitants, both human and non-human, are on track to face a reduced set of options compared to ours.

via Clive Thompson