“We cannot scientifically assert that a global ecological disaster will take place”

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Global warming, pollution of the oceans, overexploitation of resources, disappearance of species … Alarmist reports on the state of our planet follow one another and hardly encourage optimism. However, is a global catastrophe inevitable, as envisioned by the supporters of collapsology, or the science of collapse? This is not what environmental philosopher Catherine Larrère and her husband, agricultural engineer Raphaël Larrère, think, authors of a stimulating essay with an evocative title: The worst is not certain, recently published by Editions Premier Parallèle.

Le Temps: Authors such as Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens, with their work “Comment tout can collondrer”, popularized the idea of ​​an inevitable collapse of our societies. What do you blame this vision for?