I am an experimental psychologist and computer scientist turned climate and energy expert due to the environmental crisis. My main activities consist of:
1) Deep 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.
2) Just Transition – the climate crisis is a crisis of justice, centered around fossil fuels. In order for the Estonian energy sector transition into fuel-free alternatives not to end up as a social catastrophe for the Ida-Viru region, I search for a just solutions for all the stakeholders while working at the Estonian Green Movement.
3) Degrowth – Endless economic growth is not compatible with survival on this planet. Adapting with unpredictable conditions requires robust and simple technologies. Transitioning to fuel-free renewable energy also assumes a sharp decrease in current overconsumption of energy. Degrowth offers and economic model that in the light of all this can deliver a better quality of life. I aim to popularize this well-known concept also in Estonia.
“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)
PS – Why Madis “Mad” Vasser? Because the world needs more crazy ideas!
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