Presentations and Writings on the Anthropocene and Symbiocene
As a former scientist I have been aware for some years of the groundbreaking science of symbiosis, particularly through the forest ecology science of Prof Suzanne Simard and her work on how trees in forests signal and relay nutrients with the cooperation of fungal networks since 2013 (see my post here).
According to Simard, ‘forests are super-cooperators’ (see her TED talk, 2018). Her and others’ new science is fundamentally overturning the story of competition – the ‘survival of the fittest’ idea that has promoted an ecocidal western cultural worldview. Setting evolution as competition has erroneously promoted that mankind is somehow independent from and superior in its evolution to the rest of life and that we can somehow disregard other life on the planet. Symbiotic science is beginning to prove that life on earth exists and thrives through interdependence and mutualism – symbiosis… and where thriving biodiversity remains, we find indigenous communities who have long appreciated a symbiotic worldview in which they see all species are kin.
So when I came across the paper of former Prof of Sustainability Glenn Albrecht in 2016 who offered a framework of how we must ‘exit the anthropocene and move toward the symbiocene‘, and because I already view my work in advocating ecological forestry as fundamentally fostering and restoring symbiotic biodiversity, I immediately sensed that this was an important framework for us all to embrace for the planetary emergency.
In the first presentations after I submitted my PhD in 2016 (left) you can see how I began to apply Glenn Albrecht’s ideas to my work.
I am very humbled that Glenn has taken notice of my stumbling symbiocene efforts in his important new book Earth Emotions: New Words for a New Word (2019). This book sets out a framework for much more than the symbiocene .