Normalizing Outbreaks in the Anthropocene: Growth Isn’t the Cure
By James Magnus-Johnston
Death rates. Infection rates. Handwashing. Handwringing.
May I re-frame the coronavirus conversation? Although the world is currently stunned by the rapid spread of this virus across the globe, we must understand that these kinds of outbreaks are simply going to happen more often in our climate-altered world, and they highlight the fragility of our growth-or-bust industrial system. But there is a silver lining: This moment requires industrial societies to emphasize wellbeing over GDP and to witness the vulnerability of global,