Dismissing the Term ‘Polycrisis’ has One Inevitable Consequence – Reality Always Bites


The authors respond to criticism of the use of the word “polycrisis”, arguing that the world’s current crises are in many ways unprecedented and thus merit a new word and require new forms of analysis. They argue, “the past isn’t a good guide to our present and future. Too many basic parameters – such as the energy imbalance at Earth’s surface – have changed. At the same time, we’re seeing new, deep links among crises that include synchronizing dynamics. The simple extrapolation of past trends doesn’t work any more.”


Thomas Homer-Dixon, Michael Lawrence, and Scott Janzwood

Publication Date

18 February 2023


The Globe and Mail



Resource Type

Op-Ed Commentary

Uses the term polycrisis

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