Podcast Episode 20: On Having a Kid in the Climate Apocalypse

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Hi folks,

Joey Ayoub, the swift-talking and firily intellectual host of the excellently named political SF podcast The Fire These Times, asked me if I would record this essay for him. He’s devoted quite a bit of time on the podcast to the theory and efficacy of solarpunk, and this is great and necessary work–as you may know I am extremely enthusiastic about criticism of solarpunk–I feel like the more critical thinking we devote to the direction we’re all taking in imagining a livable, equitable, practicable future, the better chance we have of pulling it off.

I had not until this moment thought of this essay, “On Having a Kid in the Climate Apocalypse”, as part of solarpunk. I wrote it as the editorial for Reckoning 2 back in 2017, when I was still the editor and not merely the publisher of Reckoning, but even then, I’d been thinking of Reckoning as a counterpoint to solarpunk. A journal of creative writing about environmental justice. A practical, constructive approach to imagining the future, a repudiation of climate denialism, fatalism, ecofascism, an acknowledgement of and focus on the feelings all this evokes for us now, in the present. That’s what this essay is. And I dearly hope that solarpunk has adapted and will continue to adapt to encompass all that. Because we need a big tent. A tent big enough to hold the world?

My kid is almost five now. Hopefully that means I’ve got some distance from the feelings that drove me to write this, but I should warn you that every other time I have attempted to read this aloud has involved tears.

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Author: Michael J. DeLuca

Michael J. DeLuca is the publisher of Reckoning. He's also involved with the indie ebookstore Weightless Books, and his short fiction has been appearing since 2005 in markets such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mythic Delirium and Apex. His novella, Night Roll, was a finalist for the Crawford Award in 2020. He lives in the rapidly suburbifying post-industrial woodlands north of Detroit with wife, kid, cats, plants and microbes. Find him on twitter @michaeljdeluca.

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