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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT
ANTHRPOCENE FEATURE | 19
At the least we need to ask who are the winners and losers in strategies
developed to fix key problems for the anthropocene. Take climate
change. Some scientists believe we should commandeer forests from
their traditional owners in the name of protecting them as "carbon sinks"
to soak up industrial emissions. That makes technocratic logic, but it
would be an unjust imposition on forest people who are among the least
responsible for climate change. There will be many more such dilem-
mas; each as much political as it is ecological.
This is not to say we should get depressed about the anthropocene. The
human epoch should be a challenge - a political as well as an ecological
challenge - rather than a calamity. We can as Elena Bennett of McGill
University in Canada argued in a recent paper in Frontiers in Ecology and
the Environment have a "good anthropocene". The main holdup, she
suggests, is the continuing outdated vision of environmentalism as being
about the conservation of a disappearing past, rather than a means for
embracing the planet-managing imperatives of an anthropogenic future.
"The dominance of dystopian visions of irreversible environmental degra-
dation and societal collapse", Bennett writes, are frustrating progress
towards sowing the seeds of this future that range from agroecology
to green urban living.
Accessed 20th November, 2016.
BOX: ECO PRAGMATISM AND ECO MODERNISM
Accessed 23rd November, 2016.
TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE of a new human future some environ-
mentalists are gathering under the banner of ecomodernism. A
manifesto developed by US activists Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellen-
berger at their think tank the Breakthrough Institute in California.
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Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.
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