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David Ravensbergen – The Anthropocene and Us: Challenges and Strategies for Ecosocialists
March 22, 2018 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
No longer a disastrous future lurking later in the century, climate change is already causing extreme weather, droughts and floods around the world, exacerbating existing inequalities and creating the conditions for further rounds of accumulation by dispossession. In addition to the climate, Earth System scientists warn of a series of converging crises, as rates of biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, land use changes and chemical pollution seriously undermine the stability of the biosphere. Long treated as a matter of secondary concern, the ecological question must now be placed at the heart of left politics. This presentation examines arguments over the analytical and political usefulness of the Anthropocene, and the implications of the ecological crisis for a left political platform.
David Ravensbergen is a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University. His research connects political ecology and green social theory with political economy to examine the possibilities for a radical green politics in the Anthropocene. David has recently contributed chapters to the edited volumes Augmenting the Left, The Dark Side of Globalisation and The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, and is a divestment activist with the Fossil Free York campaign at York University.
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