Ben Shread-Hewitt

Ben is a Polycrisis researcher who studies the feedback loops between change in ecological, political, and economic systems. He currently works at the Climate Bonds Initiative, where he is building financial networks to drive forward climate action and combat fossil fuel proliferation.

He has an MSc in Sustainability, Planning, and Environmental Policy. Find him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Medium.

USS America on duty in the Suez Canal

A Tale of Two Canals

This is what the Great Unraveling will look like as it continues to emerge, unrelated phenomena synchronising to exacerbate each other.

January 29, 2024


The convergence: climate and economy become one

At a minimum, we must align the signifiers of economic success with known ecological indicators — and this is just the first step on a long, complex realignment. If we fail to undertake this journey, we will be stuck paying for our own apocalypse.

October 4, 2023


A Long Way to Venus

We may not end up like Venus, but we are already at the brink of a hot, unstable world well beyond our ability to cope as a civilization.

August 18, 2023


The Past Can’t Tell You the Future

Whatever climate emerges over the coming decades and centuries, it will bear little relation to our past. If we are to survive, the same must be true of us.

August 14, 2023

Carboniferous giant dragonfly fossil

The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse, and You

Amidst endless overlapping climate shocks, it is clear Europe’s entire civilization is optimised for an ecological baseline it is rapidly departing from.

May 15, 2023



The future Steppe world, if it comes, is one we seem unprepared for.

May 9, 2023

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