Facing up to Climate Reality

This project starting in 2017 addresses the widening chasm between climate science and climate policy, the reasons for it, and how to bridge it. Its starting point is that the time for false hope is past, and only courageous realism will enable us to respond adequately to now inevitable and impending serious climate damage. This message can be cathartic, leading to a realistic assessment of future needs and prospects and avoiding a fragile or shallow optimism.

Robert Magowan

A Climate of Disruption

The inevitable upheaval as the consequence of our regime of accumulation is well and truly upon us. Today, every aspect of our daily lives seem to be unravelling. How can we exist in an age of multiple escalating forms of disruption? Can we envisage ways to work with and through that disruption?



Max Farmiloe

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World: the implications of René Girard’s thought for consumer society.

Max Familioe considers the work of René Girard on desire, and it's relevant to Rethinking Demand and Facing up to Climate Relativity.



Prashant Vaze

The conversation isn’t where we thought it was

XR-UK has released its 2022 strategy As the World Looks Up We Step Up expanding on its 2019 list of demands. Prashant and Peter from Green House Think Tank core group briefly reflect on it's significance.



Green House Think Tank

COVID-19 and Facing up to Climate Reality

Online discussion about what the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts to contain it may mean for the climate and ecological crisis. With John Barry, Anne Chapman, John Foster, and Reinhard Loske.



Green House Think Tank

Facing up to Climate Reality book launches and events

These are the events Green House held for the launch of our book Facing up to Climate Reality; Honesty, Disaster and Hope published in 2019



John Foster

​Facing up to Climate Reality; Honesty, Disaster and Hope

Our latest book, takes as its starting point the fact that the climate crisis is going to get much worse whatever we now do. The book explores what this means and how we might be able to confront escalating climate chaos while not giving up hope.



Green House Think Tank

Facing up to Climate Reality

This one day conference considers big questions about climate change as well as what we can learn from past extreme weather events for how we might cope in the future.



John Foster

‘Official! – climate change is real’. Now: what is to be done?

Climate danger is no longer just one interpretation of the evidence, but what the evidence now decisively demonstrates how things really are. the UK Green Party should actively pursue necessary political changes to climate catastrophe, without waiting for majorities to be convinced by its campaigns



Nadine Andrews

Conflicted about emotions: ecological grief, love and truth

Emotions are important in explaining our motivations and behaviour but have been left out of the discourse on climate change. Mental health impacts of climate change need to be acknowledged. We need a collective mourning of what we are losing so we create space for the new, better ways of living



Green House Think Tank

Dealing with Extreme Weather

An international conference linked to our 'Facing up to Climate Reality' project, on how to deal with the kind of extreme weather events that climate change is bringing.



Rupert Read

Facing up to Climate Reality: Introduction to the Project

This essay lays out the premises that shape the facing up to climate reality project undertaken by Greenhouse in 2017-18. The project addressed the widening chasm between climate science and climate policy, the reasons for it, and how to bridge it.



John Foster

Towards Deep Hope: Climate Tragedy, Realism and Policy

What can climate change tells us about the place of humans in the world and what being realistic about our climate future entails? Escaping popular wicked-problem framing of issues, but building awareness into policy thinking can mean hope for reaching transformative change while remaining realistic