London: In the morning, I leave my house in the inner-London borough of Lewisham ('Levesham' is the Saxon for 'dwelling in the meadows') and walk over the covered river Quaggy (from 'quagmire' or watery bog') to cross the busy main road of Loampit Vale ('good soils digging spot in a wide river valley'). Only the names bear any sign of this once rural area.
“We should not frame this crisis as an opportunity. This is not an opportunity. If we destroy the water supply, the air, the climate, humanity will not be safe,” he says, adding that he finds the whole ‘technology-will-solve-all-our-problems camp tiresome. “But, the journey towards something good represents an opportunity. The safe operating space is an opportunity,” he concedes.