Societal awareness of ecological decline is growing and feeding collective grief and anxiety about the future, yet we continue to study, live, and work in contexts that are irreconcilable with adaptation imperatives. Why are sound governance and policy choices — even those regarded as sound practice — so often disregarded or delayed in their implementation?
How does ecological breakdown anchor our decision-making; our dreams, politics, and day-to-day lives? How are choices anchored and communicated? How will our choices affect social cohesion today and into the future?
Our diverse orientations toward the future will hold consequences for the capacity of highly networked, industrial societies to adapt and maintain a reasonable quality of life.