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Eco-comedy

Eco-comedy Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/14/2/371/1613848/371takach.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 LIVI NG LEXI CON F OR THE E NV I R ONMENTA L HU MAN I T I ES GEO TAKACH School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University, Canada Plastic to Exceed Fish in Oceans by 2050! Earth’s Species Going Extinct in Record Numbers! One Decade Left to Prevent Climate Catastrophe! elcome to our exceptional, existential, ecological moment, a global discursive ava- W lanche of alarmism, righteousness, techno-utopianism, fatalism, half-truths, post- truth, and willful blindness. Multitudes of us find ourselves nursing the largest mass case of cognitive dissonance on record as we navigate daily life in the face of a crush- ing onslaught of horrifying, tragic, and numbing ecological crises.Surelythere’sno better time to ask not what we can do for the environment, but what eco-comedy can do for us. Eco-comedy prances with the audacious precept that environmental Armageddon is a laughing matter. That seismic threats to our planetary survival merit a less-than- sober response. That if Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then we can fiddle around while the Earth takes its turn. One might find this seriously weird. But read me out: when it comes to our http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Humanities Duke University Press

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Copyright
© 2022 Geo Takach
ISSN
2201-1919
eISSN
2201-1919
DOI
10.1215/22011919-9712445
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Abstract

Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/14/2/371/1613848/371takach.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 August 2022 LIVI NG LEXI CON F OR THE E NV I R ONMENTA L HU MAN I T I ES GEO TAKACH School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University, Canada Plastic to Exceed Fish in Oceans by 2050! Earth’s Species Going Extinct in Record Numbers! One Decade Left to Prevent Climate Catastrophe! elcome to our exceptional, existential, ecological moment, a global discursive ava- W lanche of alarmism, righteousness, techno-utopianism, fatalism, half-truths, post- truth, and willful blindness. Multitudes of us find ourselves nursing the largest mass case of cognitive dissonance on record as we navigate daily life in the face of a crush- ing onslaught of horrifying, tragic, and numbing ecological crises.Surelythere’sno better time to ask not what we can do for the environment, but what eco-comedy can do for us. Eco-comedy prances with the audacious precept that environmental Armageddon is a laughing matter. That seismic threats to our planetary survival merit a less-than- sober response. That if Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then we can fiddle around while the Earth takes its turn. One might find this seriously weird. But read me out: when it comes to our

Journal

Environmental HumanitiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2022

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