Earth Beat, 24 February 2012. What would happen if the world came to an end, at least as we know it? From building bunkers and preparing for the worst, to photographing parts of the Earth that we’ve destroyed, we examine what happens when the end comes. Comment on the show.
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What if, somehow, the world as we know it actually ends? What if the human race disappears from one day to the next, leaving everything else intact?
Alan Weisman is the author of The World Without Us, which imagines just that scenario. But he says one thing we always seem to forget is how much a human presence maintains things. He talks to host Marnie Chesterton about what would take over if we weren’t around, and how the planet would look.
Slideshow - Take a 15,000 year tour of Manhattan.
Video - Your House Without You
'Preppers' are people who are getting ready for the end of life as we know it by becoming as self-sufficient as is humanly possible. They grow their own food, dig for water, and have carefully-honed survival skills. One of them, Skip Coryell, told Marnie how he’s prepared for an apocalypse.
End of the cycle - listen in new player
Comedian Joel Stickley paints a humorous picture of post-apocalyptic recycling services, with colour-coded bins for body parts.
How producers prepare - listen in new player
Tamsin is part of a small team who are totally isolated for the Arctic winter, with no visitors, limited contact with the outside world and definitely no pizza delivery.
Picturing pollution - listen in new player
J Henry Fair is a photographer and environmentalist.
At first glance, each aerial photo in his Abstraction of Destruction collection could be mistaken for a beautiful and innocuous image of the earth below.
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