About Panopticon

Panopticon the Helix NebulaIf 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 this website 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 a recruitment industry 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 mentioned above. Certainly my interest in climate change was spurred 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 slightly 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, and one that I am too idle to defend here but, within reason, happy to debate in the comments section.

Really my interest now is just in seeing how this unprecedented period of history unfolds and keeping an eye on the various areas of stress within the climate and economic systems. By in effect cobbling together a patchwork quilt of stories from the mainstream press, we can, I have found, do this quite effectively.

I have made some significant life-changes, based upon my newfound understanding of our predicament and no longer live in England. As a father, I felt compelled to do *something* however futile it may be. 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 does, we may as well enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.