2. Ecological Collapse and Climate Crisis
To begin, we have created a 10-minute introductory video that explores the main concepts of this module. The video asks: When did ecological collapse really start happening? Who and what is causing it? And who is experiencing the worst of its effects?
The intention of the video is to provide an accessible entry point for learners, whether or not you are familiar with these topics. However, this does not mean that this content is “easy”. These are complex topics!
Remember to take breaks if you need to. Stop and reflect on the content. Watch the video or specific sections multiple times if helpful. The more you listen and engage, the more familiar these ideas will become.
Now that you’ve watched Video 2: Ecological Collapse and Climate Crisis, take some time to reflect. Complete the learning activities below.
Check Your Understanding
For a transcript of the lyrics for the above song visit Genius’s page for Like Lightning.
For more information about this song and artist see: “Foals rally against climate change in their dystopian animated ‘Like Lightning’ video”, by Will Richards in NME, November 2019
For a transcript of the lyrics for the above song visit Genius’s page for Another World.
For more information about this song and artist see: “Antony Hegarty’s 4 Degrees: a climate change anthem for our doomed planet,” by Ben Beaumont-Thomas in the Guardian, December 2015
After watching the video, respond to the questions below in your reflection journal:
- What was new or surprising to you from the video (if anything)?
- What did you feel like you already knew or understood (even if in a small way)?
- In what areas do you feel like your knowledge or understanding increased in relation to the ideas of climate crisis and ecological collapse?
- What things still feel a bit confusing or blurry for you?
- How did this video make you feel? What did you feel in your body? What types of emotions came up for you? Remember, you can feel many different things at once, like anger as well as excitement, you don’t have to choose just one.
Note: to access your reflection journal please review the Introduction section of the Ecological Collapse and Climate Crisis module.