Coincidentally, the day after posting about systems thinking and its connection to our environment (and what we do about climate change), I found this podcast episode by 99% Invisible, which is a design podcast I have referenced before:
In the episode, host Roman Mars interviews author Elizbeth Kolbert about new book, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future. Basically, the book and episode is all about past human interventions with the natural world and discusses both the benefits of many interventions (some not so much…) and the many, many consequences of these interventions. It also discusses the outlook on human interventions related to climate change, ranging from pulling carbon from the atmosphere up to geo-engineering, like intentionally putting something into the atmosphere to reflect some of the sun’s rays back into space.
This ties back to our discussion on systems thinking because all of these interventions she describes are changes humans have made to existing systems, which created consequences many of which were not anticipated. It is a great systems thinking lesson using all sorts of interesting historical examples.
I plan to check out the book and encourage you to listen to the podcast episode!