U12A:
What's the Big Deal about the Anthropocene?

Note: Abstract submissions to Union sessions are by invitation only.


Session ID#: 8151

Session Description:
The Anthropocene was formally proposed 15 years ago as Earth’s newest epoch, a period during which humanity’s impact on the planet has rivaled that of the great geological forces. In the past few years, however, this concept has escaped its geological confines to emerge as a new paradigm that embodies an altered human-environment relationship. Natural and social scientists, humanists, artists, educators and journalists have examined this concept from a variety of prisms. This churning has thrown up multiple and sometimes conflicting answers to questions such as:

  • When did the Anthropocene begin?
  • What are the implications of this paradigm for science and policy?
  • Is it fair to hold “humanity” culpable for the actions of a privileged few?
  • Is there such a thing as a “good” Anthropocene?

This debate will address these questions, and more, by bringing together a diverse panel of experts in academia, media, policy and other arenas.

Primary Convener:  Ninad R Bondre, IGBP, Stockholm, Sweden
Conveners:  James P Syvitski, University of Colorado at Boulder, CSDMS/INSTAAR, Boulder, CO, United States, Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, United States and Owen Gaffney, Stockholm Resilience Centre/Future Earth, Stockholm, Sweden
Chairs:  Ninad R Bondre, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden and James P Syvitski, University of Colorado at Boulder, CSDMS/INSTAAR, Boulder, CO, United States
OSPA Liaison:  Ninad R Bondre, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden
Index Terms:

1630 Impacts of global change [GLOBAL CHANGE]
6319 Institutions [POLICY SCIENCES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University, History of Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Cambridge, MA, United States

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