“All of this is crucial, because perpetrators of atrocity so often attempt to convince themselves and everyone else that what they’re doing is natural or right. The word “Anthropocene” attempts to naturalize the murder of the planet by pretending the problem is “man,” and not a specific type of man connected to this particular culture.
The name also manifests the supreme narcissism that has characterized this culture from the beginning. “
This is a follow on post regarding my interest in the developing geological/cultural term ‘The Anthropocene’. It’s my way of keeping up-to-date with the key people in the humanities and sciences who are meeting to talk about the devastating ecological affects developing across the earth (biosphere), that have exponentially accelerated since the industrial revolution. Understanding the grave ecological realities we are facing is the key premise to my own studies in thinking about/practising deep sustainability (I’ve also this week just been asked to co-author a research paper, particularly contributing a visual culture perspective on the new holistic piechart of the planetary tipping points that was accepted at the UN Rio summit last year, Continue reading