Human activity worldwide is now on such a planet-shaping scale that it resembles a geological process. There is even a word for this new phase of life on Earth – the Anthropocene.
The Anthropocene is challenging the rapidly developing field of Earth System science to understand how our planet works as a single system, and how we are changing it. More importantly, it is forcing us to deeply question the directions we are taking in the 21st Century, and to reexamine our relationship to the rest of the natural world.
Join us to hear from Professor Will Steffen as to how earth system science, coupled with innovative thinking in the policy and economics communities, can provide guidance to help humanity correct the dangerous course it is on and successfully navigate an uncertain future on a rapidly changing planet.
Will is an Emeritus Professor of Earth System science at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is a councillor on the Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change.
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