FACING THE ANTHROPOCENE: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System
Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun – the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this country will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened.Facing the Anthropoceneshows what has caused this planetary emergency and what we must do to meet the challenge. Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physcial causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written,Facing the Anthropoceneoffers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism’s inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization.
Ian Angusis editor of the online ecosocialist journalClimate and Capitalism, and co-author of theBelem Ecosocialist Declaration. His previous book includeTwo many People? Population,Immigration and the Environmental Crisis(with Simon Butler) andThe Global Fight for Climate Justice.
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