What I’ve been reading | Autumn 2022
A collection of thought-provoking essays, articles and blog posts from various sources I’ve stumbled across over the past season, and I want to share with you. This autumn, I’ve been thinking a lot about extreme experiences and risk, and managing fear, both personal and global.
In Defence of Adventurous Mothers
Written following the death of ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson on Mansulu in early October, and examining the criticism directed towards women with children participating in high-risk activities in extreme environments.
An Acquaintance with Fear
Former British Royal Marine and safety specialist operator Aldo Kane explores managing fear while operating in risky and extreme environments.
The End is my Beginning
An essay by Tamara Lunger on when things go wrong in an extreme environment and those who are left behind must pick up the pieces and continue based on her experience on K2 in 2021.
Existential Risk and Ecological Anxiety
Half of the World’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies
Findings from the State of the World’s Birds report that human activity and climate crisis have put almost half of all species in decline, and around 1 in 8 at risk of extinction.
Britain faces biodiversity collapse
The UK is one of the most nature-depleted nations on the globe, and current levels of biodiversity may not be nearly enough to mitigate against the risk of ecosystem collapse.
Climate tipping points could lock in unstoppable changes to the planet – how close are they?
An assessment of the potential climate tipping points which will result in ecological collapse and devastating changes to the planet, and changing understanding of risk with advancing models.
“More Like War Photography” photographing the Arctic during a climate crisis
An exploration of the ethics of tourism to the polar regions to capture an environment hanging in the balance.