Wake Up, Freak out - Then Get a Grip

Leo Murray's "Wake Up, Freak out - then Get a Grip" is a great animated introduction to climate change. If you need a refresher, or an introduction, to feedback loops that could push us toward a climate tipping point, I definitely recommend it. The hook is that from these scientific beginnings Murray builds a larger critique of what got us here, and where we could end up. The last few minutes are a tough watch and remarkably powerful - especially for stick men
Wake Up, Freak Out - then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo. [thanks urbansprouts]

UPDATE 23/03/09: After a few offline conversations I felt a short update to this post was in order. This time last year I'm not sure if I would have linked to this video. Apocalyptic visions can be very disempowering and as much as I like the animation (which I think is really well done) it stops well short of giving us anything positive to work with.

But a lot has changed in the past twelve months. The better we understand climate change, the worse things are looking. If the conclusions of the animation seem far fetched, I'd recommend these posts on advances in climate science, climate refugees and drought . For what cities can do see: urban agriculture, sustainable planning, retrofitting, alternative energy and the living city challenge.


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