Dumanoski finds in the human evolutionary story a source of what she calls ‘honest hope’; she urges us to absorb the significance of the fact that for millions of years, humans have successfully survived repeated and indeed dramatic shifts in climatic and environmental conditions due to their qualities of adaptability and resilience. But in the drive to maximise economic efficiency and productivity, we have also abandoned many of the structural features of our socio-economic arrangements that are conducive to resilience, thus making ourselves ever more vulnerable to the impacts arising from the ...


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