In English

I hold a masters in psychology and a doctoral degree in informatics and due to the deepening environmental crisis apply my skills in various energy and climate topics:

jt2Just Transition – the climate crisis is a crisis of justice, centered around fossil fuels. In order for the Estonian energy sector transition from oil shale into fuel-free alternatives to not end up as a social catastrophe for the most affected Ida-Viru region, I work for a just solutions for all stakeholders while representing the environmental NGO Estonian Green Movement, which is part of Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch. I have helped organize multiple stakeholder meetings in the region and am an active member of the regional Just Transition platform as well as the national Just Transition steering committee.

tasaDegrowth – Endless economic growth is not compatible with survival on this planet. Transitioning to fuel-free renewable energy requires a sharp decrease in current overconsumption of energy. Degrowth offers an alternative economic model that in light of these predicaments can deliver a healthier and more just society. I aim to popularize this well-known concept also in Estonia, e.g. by helping to curate the website Tasaareng.info

lotekLow-Tech – Every problem does not need a high-tech solution. And oftentimes, high-tech is actually the problem itself. I share the ethos of Low-Tech Magazine that there is huge potential of past and often forgotten knowledge and technologies when it comes to designing a realistic sustainable society. More specifically, I work on establishing a Low-Tech theme park and research project near Tartu, Estonia.

daDeep Adaptation – I agree with the analysis that climate change induced societal collapse is highly likely in the coming decade. I try to start a wider discussion locally about what questions should we ask ourselves and what decisions should we make today given the predicament and the possibility of still mitigating at least some of the coming impacts. Mainly I focus on alleviating the psychological impacts of climate change induced grief and also do public outreach where applicable, e.g. by co-signing the warning on climate and the risk of societal collapse public letter in December 2020 with hundreds of other scholars.

Contact:

madis.vasser@gmail.com

Opinions in the media:

“Making our economy less resource intensive will be better in many ways,
because people will have more spare time, higher quality relationships and better health. Economy in its original meaning was a means to live better. It does not have to be the ends.”
– Technology is not always our saviour (Postimees)

“It is irresponsible for Estonia to bet on the worsening of the environmental situation and that our nations double-the-average contribution will not be noticed. So, we do not have a plan, but we have a wicked scheme!”
– When will the future start? (Postimees)

“Alternative systems should be developed right now, even when our local climate and life support systems look functional when looking out the window.”
– Degrowth: why the economy does not need to grow (Müürileht)

“There are no easy choices for the new parliament – we either change our way of life substantially in the coming years and hope for the best or we continue without ambition and lock ourselves surely on the path of ecological disaster.”
– Nature dies last (ERR)

“To really start to solve the ongoing crisis, we need two things. Firstly, to collectively understand that a public interest for positive post-growth alternatives exists. This is already evident in the ongoing climate strikes. Secondly, to settle clearly, which of these new paths we will all take on. This can be achieved through a climate crisis citizen assembly.”
– Who wants to leave worse off then now? (Postimees)