11/14/2016

Building a ‘Good’ Anthropocene From the Bottom Up

Author: Andrew C. Revkin 

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know a determined cast of characters in academia aiming to identify paths to a good AnthropoceneAnthropocene being the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this span of human-dominated planetary history unfolding around us.

One such researcher is Elena M. Bennett, an ecosystem ecologist and geographer at McGill University. She’s the lead author of “Bright Spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene,” published in the October edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The paper describes an effort to identify and propagate social and environmental projects that could reverse a centuries-long pattern in which human prosperity has come at the cost of substantial harm to ecosystems and excluded communities.

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