Generational amnesia: The memory loss that harms the planet

As each new generation inherits the world, vital knowledge is forgotten. Richard Fisher explores the language that has emerged to describe that phenomenon.
Read at BBC Future

I’ve had this thought a number of times over the years. It’s always felt more to me like a generational dementia though, which in turn, feels like a horrible simile to make.

I don’t mean it flippantly though. Having seen family members suffer with dementia, I know how hideous it is. It’s damaging, unfair, cruel and wasteful. But that’s how this generational loss feels as well.