• The "Anthropocene": a strange ideology in the service of the status quo

    Author(s):
    André Francisco Pilon (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Environmental Humanities
    Subject(s):
    Ecological disturbances
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Environmental anthropology, Development economics, : Education/Technology/Faculty Development/Action Learning/Adult Education/University/Science/politics/Teachers/Educators/chool Social Studies
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/gyn3-xg89
    Abstract:
    The evils that some researchers attribute to the “Anthropocene” are not the responsibility of all humanity; the main culprits, who have the political and economic power to shape the forms of production and consumption and define lifestyles, must be distinguished from the majority of the population, whose power to change things cannot be compared with those. “Systemic” interpretations, supported by theories of “complexity” and the “Anthropocene” as a new era in human history, may inadvertently obscure the role and effective action of people and groups that control economics and politics in today's world, who find an easy excuse to decline their responsibilities in the destinies of humanity. The "Anthropocene" is a strange ideology in the service of the status quo: could the “system” explain everything, or is something missing from this equation? The verdicts of international courts could clarify many conceptual frameworks and elucidate the real issues, by correctly identifying individuals who, within a “system”, chose to commit crimes and atrocities that increased people's suffering in different circumstances (not only in wars, but also in everyday life).
    Notes:
    Communication, advocacy, public policies, research and teaching programs should take in account the general phenomenon, in view of the transformation of the dominant paradigms of development, growth, wealth, power and freedom embedded at political, economic, educational and cultural levels. Earth’s regeneration and mankind’s regeneration, as faces of the same coin, should be addressed simultaneously, for their mutual support.
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