5. What Are We to Do With the Anthropocene?

In the last two weeks of the course, we will focus on knowledge and action. The Anthropocene is unique as a geologic period in that it not only encapsulates the past, but also the future. We cannot, however, take it for granted what this future will be – or, if we are to listen to some of the more dystopian views, that humanity will be a part of that future. We will also question the notion of “we” – is the Anthropocene and its consequences equally distributed across the planet? Who benefits and who stands to lose? In conclusion, we will examine options and proposals for the future of the planet. Do we have any room for action? In this final section, students will continue discussing, but also revisit and revise their previous assignments before final submission.