In politics and policy one must choose words carefully.  When is it best to talk about 'collapse', 'breakdown' or 'disruption'?  What about 'deep adaptation', 'transformative adaptation' or 'transformational adaptation'?  Don't they all mean different things?  And is it OK to sugarcoat the truth just to get the conversation started?

We'll discuss how to get policy makers talking about collapse - even if we have to avoid the word - and how much we are prepared to compromise on our vocabulary to get into the room.

The Cadence Roundtable is there for anyone interested in government and policy responses to environmental breakdown. You're welcome to join our monthly 60-minute Zoom calls, whether you're inside or outside the public sector. Bring your own thoughts and test them out, or just come to question or to listen.

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  • This is interesting:

    "Our recognition of emergency is so far doing little more than encouraging us to improve the status quo, to get back below two degrees, to explore forms of incrementalism that do not presuppose radical solutions. The reason lies partly in the very term ‘climate emergency’. For it is not the climate that subsists in a state of emergency, but the planet.

    "Using the phrase planetary emergency would turn attention immediately to the fact that reducing anthropogenic emissions is no longer sufficient, we need to regenerate the planet’s resources. This form of regeneration would not, of course, be a going back but a moving forward into non-linear and emergent states of uncertainty. From this perspective, it is neither the climate nor the planet that inhabits a state of emergency, but rather ourselves and our sclerotic social, economic and political institutions."


    Eight Fellows of the British Academy respond to climate activism tactics:


  • Wonderful conversation topic, thank you. Any chance of recording it for the North Americans still asleep at that time?

    • Hi Lisa, in the interests of creating an environment of candour and discretion, we wouldn't normally record these. There are one or two regular attenders who work in government and might prefer not to be recorded.  Our meetings alternate with afternoons in your timezone, so you're welcome to join any others that you can, and even suggest a relevant topic.  Paul


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