According to the environmental activists of Extinction Rebellion (XR), we must decarbonize by 2025, otherwise we will confront the death of our future.1 Their demand, based on recent science stressing the limited timeframe before the planet crosses irreversible tipping points leading to climate catastrophe, poses new imperatives—not just to political engagement, but also to scholarship unaccustomed to operating in post-Anthropocene emergency conditions.

Indeed, long-established humanities practices founded upon distanced observation, critical thinking, and slow research are now threatened by urgency activist temporality and its explicit ends-oriented politicization. If we care about life on earth, there appears no alternative but to participate energetically, in the...

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