Asian Insider Podcast: Profound destabilisation: Author Amitav Ghosh on climate change, the future

In this special episode, Nirmal Ghosh hosts prolific writer and author Amitav Ghosh, to discuss the future of climate change. PHOTO: MATHIEU GENON

Synopsis: Each month, The Straits Times' US Bureau Chief Nirmal Ghosh presents an Asian perspective of the week's global talking points with expert guests.

In this special episode, Nirmal Ghosh speaks with author Amitav Ghosh, a prolific writer who has written such classics as The Hungry Tide, The Glass Palace, and In An Antique Land, among others, that have been translated into dozens of languages and read across the planet. His most recent is The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis.

Highlights (click/tap above):

03:45 The framing of the planetary crisis and especially in relation to climate change, tends to be within the Western discourse, as a bureaucratic business best left to technocrats and the diplomats 

05:00 How climate has destabilised countries, from Britain, to India, Myanmar and even Egypt

08:15 We are seeing a revolution, not from the poor, but from the right   

12:00 On China, the US, and why human beings are perfectly capable of ending their own existence long before the climate does

16:20 Advice, words of wisdom to the 10-to-15-year-olds growing up in this bleaker-looking world

Produced by: Nirmal Ghosh (, Ernest Luis, Hadyu Rahim & Fa'izah Sani

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim 

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