The Anthropocene is regarded as the time from the start of the Industrial Revolution onward. Eugene F. Stoermer, an American biologist, coined it and Paul Crutzen, a Dutch atmospheric chemist (and a Nobel laureate), popularized it. For more on the Anthropocene, see National Geographic.
megacities and interviewing leaders in the fields of science, politics and culture.
In the light of many concerns Canadian citizens have around the environment, science, the muzzling of scientists and where Canada stands globally, this is an excellent resources for enquiring minds.
Schwägerl's research has led him to offer his ideas of how humans can live with nature, not against nature. He demands we asks questions, ultimately of our policiticans, about our impact as a species and guides us in acting as stewards of spaceship earth, for an ecologically-sustainable future.
"It's not particularly heavy reading, but it is fairly detailed. There are dire consequences to exploiting earth, many of us have been trying to teach our children, but the powers-that-be seem more concerned with the short-term political gain, than long-term solutions.Christian Schwägerl quotes many authors who have studied humankind, such as Jared Diamond (Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, NY, 2011) who has documented our own demise in previous eras. Rainforest decimation, disappearing coral reefs, clearing old-growth forests, and melting glaciers portend this doom, on top of the issues of the toxins we've unleashed on the planet over the years.
We are running populations of many plant and animal species down to the point of extinction. Biologists talk about a sixth wave of extinction in the history of the earth that is now underway, due to cutting down tropical rainforests, overfishing, overhunting, and a general loss of habitats. (p. 43)
Gray tree frogs on my railing
There is a good glossary, and footnotes. It is well-translated – from German.
In 1963, President Kennedy and the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship ASCENSION to populate a new world, assuring the survival of the human race. They didn't know many answers to logical questions.