A ‘good’ Anthropocene?

Discussion date:

17 July 2018

Discussion Description:

Rather than bemoaning the arrival of ‘the Anthropocene’, some commentators have portrayed it as an opportunity to generate a new, positive outcome for the planet. In this session, we examine two such programmes as well as some critical responses to them.


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