September 28th, 2015: Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD), ECO SIPA, South Asian Association (SAA) and Sabin Center on Climate Policy, Hosted a high-level dialogue with:
- Prakash Javadekar, Honorable Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change,
- Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law,
- Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
We hope you enjoyed the discussion as much as we did. View footage here:
Ecomodernism and the Anthropocene
Humanity As a Force for Good
No sooner had two earth scientists declared that humans had so significantly altered the planet that a new geologic epoch was needed before a firestorm of debate ensued, both within and outside the scientific community. If the Anthropocene, or age of humans, signified a new era, what ought to be our posture toward the future? While some have described the Anthropocene as a world of hurt, others, including the concept’s main popularizers, have imagined the possibility of a good Anthropocene. Writing on efforts to translate these positive visions into reality, the authors in the fifth issue of Breakthrough Journal construct a future of accelerated decoupling, a view of nature as local and constantly changing, an embrace of complexity and pragmatism, and a role for the collective and the individual.