European Earthrise

Elections have consequences

Albert Bates
9 min readJun 13, 2024


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

— Yeats, The Second Coming (1919)

This week marked the passing, in a single engine plane crash, of Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders. He is most remembered for the famous photo he took in December 1968 called Earthrise. Anders snapped it during the crew’s fourth orbit of the moon, frantically switching his Hasselblad 500 EL from black-and-white to color film.

“Oh my God, look at that picture over there!” Anders said. “There’s the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!”

Borman: Hey, don’t take that, it’s not…



Albert Bates

Emergency Planetary Technician and Climate Science Wonk — using naturopathic remedies to recover the Holocene without geoengineering or ponzinomics.