What does “Anthropocene” mean? To what extent humans impact the planet? Can we improve the way we relate to the environment around us? During this conference, Gaia Vince will answer these questions and present her insights on this relevant topic, consequently leading a collaborative discussion.
This event asks the audience to consider the new human-dominated planet we are creating, as our species alters global temperatures, the world’s biodiversity and fundamentally changes Earth. We are entering the Anthropocene: the age of humans. No part of this planet is untouched by us, we’re even littering Space. We have made the world a better and safer place in many ways – more people now live longer, healthier lives. But we now risk these successes as we move into the hostile environment we have made. How can we make a Good Anthropocene, and what would that look like?
Audience requirements: bring a curious mind!
Gaia Vince is a science writer and broadcaster exploring the interplay between human systems and the planetary environment. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL. Gaia has travelled the world extensively to research this unique time in Earth’s history, in which increasing human activities are changing the planet – and us – as never before. Her first book, Adventures In The Anthropocene documents these changes, how they’re affecting communities from the global south to the rich world, and what we’re all doing about it. In 2015, it won the Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize (the first female winner of the prize). Gaia's latest book, Transcendence, shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society Book Prize, explores how we got here: how a smart ape became a planet-dominating force. It rewrites the story of our ‘ascent’, describing the co-evolution of our biology, environment and our culture. It’s the story of how we made ourselves and where we are headed.