The Anthropocene: An engineered age?

Lunch time talk by Clive Hamilton, Australian author and public intellectual

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven CT

Noon – 1 pm, Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

41-C Sage Hall (4th floor walk-up)

According to Earth scientists, our planet has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Human activity has become such a powerful force that it now overwhelms other sources of change in the planet’s evolution. What does it mean for humans in the 21st century to assume the role of a force of nature? Should we attempt to minimize our disturbance to the great natural cycles or seize control of the Earth system? What would it mean for humans to use geoengineering in an attempt to regulate the climate, to make the Earth itself into an artifact designed to suit our needs? These profound questions can no longer be avoided, and here I will begin to explore them.

Dr. Hamilton is professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and has held various visiting academic positions, including at the University of Oxford, Sciences Po and Yale University. His books include Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change and Earthmasters: The dawn of the age of climate engineering, published by Yale University Press last year.

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