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John Davis is a practicing architect in Ojai, California. He has taught Environmental Humanities at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at Viridis Graduate Institute. He blogs on history and the environment at urbanwildland.org
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The Real Megxit Deal
The House of Windsor has agreed to allow the Queen's grandson, Harry, currently sixth in line to the throne, and his California-born wife, Meghan, to leave the family business (The Firm) and attempt to establish independent lives in Canada, a former colony which remains a member of the British Commonwealth. This represents their exile from the territorial, ceremonial, financial, and emotional heart of the royal family.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 2, 2020 Bad Planet
The climate action agendas proposed or enacted across the planet, including the Green New Deal, represent opportunities to replace, and potentially to expand energy use - and thus to expand the despoliation of ecosystems, human culture, communities and individual lives.
SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2019 The Green New Deal and Accursed Wealth
The United States will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, create new 'green' jobs, invest in infrastructure and secure clean air and water, promote climate and community resilience and ensure 'access to nature' and a sustainable environment within an economic ideology that presumes a supine natural world.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 13, 2019 The Four Storms of the Apocalypse - Katrina, Sandy, Maria and Dorian
We now know that a massive increase in the burning of fossil fuels linked to the industrial revolution in Britain was initiated some time in the 1840's and has since resulted in epic population growth and growing prosperity together with extinction levels of carbon in the planet's atmosphere and oceans.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 16, 2019 The Isle of White
North Haven is powered by three gleaming (white) wind turbines, discreetly located on an adjacent island. They illustrate the uncanny ability of the rich to thrive in green, sustainable communities while the poor often remain in the polluted cities, suburbs and exurbs from whence wealth is extracted.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 5, 2019 Joe Biden is a Collaborator
Biden remains typical of the great, antediluvian Congressional horde. His complicity in furthering the oligarchs' agenda is well known. He was complicit in the passage of the racist Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994; complicit in Obama's canny retention of private health insurers in the mix of the Affordable Care Act; and complicit in the ACA's denial of health services to 'illegals'.
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Global Warming as a Tactical Weapon
The environmental, social, financial and international violence perpetrated by the Trump government are tactical instruments of ideological coercion. Might not the far greater violence of global warming, or more explicitly of extinction, be used as a countervailing instrument of radical change?
SHARE Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Ecological Beings
Now the world, with the neurasthenic, metronomic gait of a zombie, continues to trudge towards the precipice over which its inhabitants, it seems, must plunge into a time of environmental feedback, where snow and ice melt produce permafrost methane release amplifying the processes that lead to a drowned and vastly diminished planet.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2019 Wildlife Corridors not High-Speed Rail coming to California
The greatest threat to wildlife rangelands in California is the system of freeways that cross hatch its still substantial areas of wild habitat, isolate populations, and promote genetic fragmentation. As a top-predator, the mountain lion is key to the survival of Southern California as one of the most biologically rich natural landscapes in the world.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Are we Moderns or Terrestrials?
We are now witnessing the end-game of the Modernity project. Founded on rationality, emancipation and progress and devoted, ostensibly, to the welfare of all, it has been subverted by, "a dizzying extension of inequalities". This process of triage has created the so-called 'left-behinds' necessary as sacrificial populations that, ironically, support the elite practitioners of this economic and cultural discrimination.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 21, 2019 A National Emergency
The pretense that humans are in charge has finally to be abandoned. We await our fate possessing only crude materials of resistance and, thus far, almost no political will to emplace them.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Burn Lands
Even in the burn lands, the beauty of the hills, valleys, canyons and distant mountains remains. Bathed in the soft glow of early morning and evening light, it is transfixing. Scoured by cold north-easterly Santa Ana winds (in other seasons, the fire wind) the atmosphere is preternaturally clear, the landscape stunningly chromatic.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, December 17, 2018 What World do we Seek?
We are being asked to believe in the possibility of continued fossil-fueled economic growth while that phenomenon's miasmic specter of global warming threatens to destroy the productivity and habitability of vast swathes of the planet. And, we are being asked, now, to believe that the server farms that support Facebook run on fairy dust.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2018 Geographies of Violence in Southern California
The carbon sequestered in over a quarter million acres of trees and shrubs and within the building materials of many thousands of structures has now been released to the atmosphere in these hellacious wildfires spread across California.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 10, 2018 The Rewilding of Humanity?
There has been intensive economic exploitation of the rural hinterlands but rarely stable levels of human habitation. Lands have been raped and pillaged - logged, drilled and strip mined. Once their indigenous occupants had been removed, they were often left abandoned, untended, and empty - ready to become invented wildernesses subject to a romantic narrative that proclaims them inhospitable and anathema to the human presence
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 1, 2018 The Last History of the United States
The words "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal"", from America's Declaration of Independence, stand as one of the finest historical examples of what Hitler, and later Goebbels, called the big lie. Hitler wrote in Mein Kamf, 1925, "that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata ...