Amazonia on fire


Unprecedented change on a global and historical scale is required now if we are to avoid a catastrophic climate breakdown. The combination of extreme weather – heat waves and floods – and naggingly rising energy bills across Europe shows that our fossil-fuel based economies are mired in, and causing, profound crises.

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The scale of the challenge is so immense. The way human societies connect and exchange energy with the natural environment – ​​their metabolism – needs to be fundamentally changed. At this moment we need megamorphosis.

Professor Herbert Girardet, environmental researcher, author, filmmaker, consultant and academic, has been warning of the threats posed by our exploitation and depletion of natural resources for five decades – and has been at the forefront of developing planetary systems solutions at scale for just as long.


Today, The ecologist launches his latest work – a major series entitled megamorphosis. The essay series begins with a heartbreaking and fact-packed take on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the high risk it now poses to our climate: Amazonia on fire. You can now download this article for free. You can also support this work with a donation.

Professor Girardet tells The ecologist: “Our house is on fire – but do we still have time to put out the fire? Can the technosphere we build become compatible with the complexity of the biosphere?

“Against all odds, the planet’s recent urban-industrial transformation nor be replaced by a global ecology megamorphosis – Mainstreaming the transition to green energy, the circular economy, regenerative agriculture and cities, and restoring soils and ecosystems?

megamorphosis argues that only major system-level changes will suffice to deal with the planetary crisis we face.”


He added: “So what can readers of The ecologist do to get something moving, what can you initiate? We need to work together globally to create a future worth living and think beyond the tired term consistent development towards the restoration of life regenerative Development.”

This large series benefits from Professor Girardet’s work with the Club of Rome, the World Future Council, the Schumacher Society and as a long-time contributor to the Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine.

The first essay – Amazonia on fire – drawing on the experience of Professor Girardet, who visited the region shortly after Brazil gained independence in the 1960s – ushering in a new era of deforestation and desertification in the name of economic growth and neoliberal ideology.

Professor Girardet discusses the global interconnectedness of modern humanity while challenging the assumption that we can ever assume willful dominance over life on earth.

That megamorphosis series is the first in a trilogy of investigative projects to be published by The ecologist in the coming months and years. This work is part of a new plan – Strategy 2022/5 – for the online environmental news and analysis website bringing our attention to the global fossil fuel economy and its impact on our planet.

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Brendan Montague is Editor of The ecologistincluding the megamorphosis Series. Professor Girardet is Trustee of the Resurgence Trust, the publisher of The ecologist online and the Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine. The Resurgence Trust and Tedworth Trust (see below) have a common trustee.


That megamorphosis The series is funded in part by the Tedworth Charitable Trust. Donations are being collected for this and future work. You can make a donation limited to supporting the publication of the megamorphosess series online now. All donations, from £1 to £100, are greatly appreciated. We use the platform for our donations.


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