Two weeks ago we had a thought-provoking seminar by Clive Hamilton on the definition of the Anthropocene, followed by a panel discussion on the meaning of the Anthropocene with Myles Allen. Paul Jepson, Tom Thornton and Jamie Lorimer bringing in perspectives from climate science, conservation policy, anthropology and human geography. Clive's basic argument was that the Anthropocene is defined by its substantial impacts on the Earth System functioning as a whole, something that many arguments about the nature and start of the Anthropocene fail to capture. It was a stimulating talk and discussion, brimming with ideas and fresh and contested perspectives.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University