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Humans have always been risk-averse, which has helped the survival and continuation of our species until this present day. In this biological perspective, immediate concerns, like not being eaten by a lion, have always overshadowed eventual ones. Today, in an age where technological development has provided such sophisticated tools to measure the past and predict the future, we are left with a heavy duty on our hands, the question of whether we are capable of acting in the face of what is yet to come. Physical changes are already globally being felt by many, with events like coastal flooding, forest fires and droughts producing dramatic negative impacts on safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Yet we still question, is it going to affect me? Do I feel vulnerable? The reality is that mostly, we don’t, and this inevitably shapes our behaviour. The optimist bias tells us that the risk is distant, a distance not only measured through time, but through geography and culture. Unfortunately, it turns out that the ‘Four Cheaps’, described by Jason Moore as food, raw materials, energy and labour-power, are not indeed ‘free gifts of nature’ nor cheap at all. As capitalism reaches new limits in frontiers of appropriation and accumulation, we face an epochal moment, realising how much we are all implicated in this process of world-making; in direct reciprocal relation to all processes that define and will undoubtedly change our lives if we remain inert.