Excerpt from the Print Edition of the Economist: July 20, 2013
The Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which struck when most people were in church on November 1st, All Saints’ Day, is often seen as the beginning of modernity. Its terrifying destruction inspired a fundamental rethink of humanity’s place in the world (and moved Voltaire to write his God-snubbing “Candide”). Some see climate change as forcing a similar moment. “That a massive sheet of sea ice might be melted because of decisions about how we make and use stuff is tremendous,” says Joe Smith, a lecturer in geography at the Open University. It is also terrifying. Art is increasingly becoming a way to cope.
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