Sunday, April 02, 2017

A New Era Dawns and It Won’t Be Human-Friendly

Human mistreatment of the planet is ushering in another era and it is not going to be pleasant, according to Clive Hamilton’s latest book.

A new book suggests that, as a result of our actions, we are contemplating our own extinction. (Image: Alessandro Pautasso / Flickr) Click to Enlarge.
Clive Hamilton’s book Defiant Earth – The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene is not for the faint-hearted.  Basically, its thesis is that the Earth – and us along with it – is going down the tubes.

Our rampant, irrational use of the planet and its resources, including our exploitation of climate-changing fossil fuels, means we are interfering and upsetting the functioning of the Earth system that sustains us.

“This bizarre situation, in which we have become potent enough to change the course of the Earth yet seem unable to regulate ourselves contradicts every modern belief about the kind of creature a human being is,” says Clive Hamilton, professor of public ethics at Charles Stuart University in Australia.

Dramatic destruction
We – the post World War Two generations – have a lot to answer for.  Yes, the trouble can be traced back to the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution began in Britain and factories started spewing carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

But the pace of change and the destruction of much of the Earth system has dramatically speeded up over the last 70 or so years – a period referred to as the Great Acceleration.

A dizzying surge in global economic growth, along with resource exploitation, loss of diversity, including the extinction of numerous species and ever-increasing waste volumes, have brought about a profound transformation of the human relationship with the natural world, says Hamilton.

Read more at A New Era Dawns and It Won’t Be Human-Friendly

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