This booklet argues that weather swap has a devastating influence on how we expect concerning the destiny. as soon as numerous optimistic suggestions loops, akin to the melting of the Arctic icecap or the drying of the Amazon, pass the purpose of no go back, the biosphere is probably going to suffer critical and irreversible warming. approximately every thing we do is premised at the assumption that the area we all know will suffer into the long run and supply a maintaining context for our actions. yet at the present time the way forward for a achievable biosphere, and hence the aim of our current actions, is placed into query. A disappearing destiny ends up in a damaged current, to a wierd incoherence within the think of lifestyle. such a lot discussions of weather switch defend us from this consciousness; this ebook takes it heavily. the place many argue that the present challenge serves as a chance for transformation, it recognizes that we're nearly out of time to behave, even if we needs to accomplish that. the place many describe a potential transition to a brand new power economic climate, it issues out that such an economic climate, despite the fact that worthwhile, might nonetheless impose a massive human footprint at the Earth’s ecosystems. the place many discover tips on how to regulate our practices in a gentle procedure in the present nationwide and overseas political platforms, it argues that our reliance on them exhibits that we think of the marketplace, and people structures, to be extra genuine than the biosphere itself. ultimately, the place many learn the implications of our activities for our grandchildren, it means that weather swap has already broken our personal lives. We hence face the exceptional problem of salvaging a foundation for our lives this day – now not via turning clear of those darkish realities yet via dealing with them and, via that approach, to find brilliant percentages for moral and emotional resilience. That foundation, this booklet argues, can be present in our skill to imagine an unlimited accountability for ecological catastrophe with no condemnation or nostalgia and, just like the biblical activity, to reply with awe to the alien voice that speaks from the whirlwind. by means of possessing catastrophe and accepting our due position in the inhuman forces of the biosphere, we might detect easy methods to reside with accountability and serenity no matter what might come. Drawing on modern learn in weather switch, political historical past, literary reviews, philosophical ethics, cultural thought, the historical past of technology, and a/theology, this e-book brings them jointly in a accomplished and bracingly sincere evaluate of our present trouble.