This is a splendid introduction to the Anthropocene by one of its most eloquent celebrants. I’m especially moved by Schwagerl’s conversations with Paul Crutzen and other scientists at the heart of the Anthropocene debates…. Scholars will appreciate his long tenure with the subject and the depth of his research. —Diane Ackerman, author of The Human Age
For more than two decades, award-winning science and environmental journalist, Christian Schwägerl has researched how humans, nature, and technology interact.
Schwägerl is inspired by the idea of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen who argued that we are living in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, a time in which human dominance of Earth’s biological, chemical and geological processes is an undeniable reality, presenting us with a new role as planetary stewards.
But what does it mean to live in the Anthropocene?
In his passionate, first-person global travelogue, Schwägerl investigates this question by visiting some of the last pristine places on Earth, exploring rising megacities and witnessing the devastation of forests and coral reefs. Melding rigorous scientific training with his experience as a journalist, he has covered high-profile political and environmental conferences, and interviewed key figures influencing the course of our future. The result is this thoroughly researched, comprehensive overview of our planetary situation and outlook. Schwägerl presents tangible solutions to our global crises, and shares his vision of a world that balances ecological sustainability, economic prosperity, political justice and cultural vibrancy.
The Anthropocene was praised by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as an “intellectually exciting book” which “shows us how we humans turn our relationship with Nature upside down. Over millennia we were rebels against a more powerful force. Now it is we who decide what will be Nature tomorrow and after, e.g. by determining the climate and altering the oceans. ”
TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN BY LUCY RENNER JONES.