Jem Bendell

Dr. Jem Bendell a full Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria as well as Founder of the Deep Adaptation Forum and the co-Founder of the International Scholars’ Warning on Societal Disruption and Collapse.

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I was wrong to conclude collapse is inevitable…

I was wrong to conclude collapse is inevitable… because when I was concluding that, it had already begun.

April 18, 2023

Warming since 1850 chart

Bad communication on climate has bad consequences. We must do better.

The future of communications on the climate crisis must focus on freeing all of us from the systems that drive us to dump costs onto others and nature.

October 26, 2022

SDG goals

People will suffer more if professionals delude themselves about sustainable development – Letter to UN

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, we publicly call on the UN to drop the redundant and unhelpful ideology of Sustainable Development.

May 23, 2022

Deep Adaptation

Toward radical responses to polycrisis: a review of reviews of the Deep Adaptation book

At some point, I hope that some of the current critics of Deep Adaptation, and anyone who has been misinformed by them, will help grow this emancipatory politics during societal disruption and breakdown.

March 22, 2022


Why Pundits ‘Don’t Look Up’ from Progress

How can one celebrate heroic individualism in response to a film that shows how stupid that is (in the first comet deflection attempt) and how deadly it can be (in the abortion of that attempt to allow an entrepreneur’s greedy dream of risking the human race to mine the asteroid)?

January 7, 2022

Jem Bendell interview

Jem Bendell on Deep Adaptation to climate chaos

Everyone can and will find their own way of coping or even thriving within a new context. That context will include disruption to our lives, much less certainty about the future, and less acceptance of current societal norms.

July 9, 2021

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