Living in the Anthropocene

The-AnthropoceneFollowing the publication of Christian Schwägerl’s book, Living in the Anthropocene, there has been a flurry of reviews (many of which, rather frustratingly, do not credit the translator) in The Independent, among others. Still, it’s good to know that this book, which turned me into a vegetarian after I translated it, is getting some publicity. It’s a must-read! The basic premise is that we have to regard the era we live in as having been so radically altered by human presence that it should be renamed: from the Holocene to the Anthropocene. It is not Doomsday in its outlook, like many texts on this subject, but actually makes you feel as if there is something that can be done. You can order it directly from the publisher’s shop, or via the usual channels. The English language edition is a much revised version of the original German text: knowledge in this field is revised as quickly as you can say global warming.

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