The recent catastrophic Australian summer bushfire season has placed beyond doubt the fact that we are now living in the Anthropocene epoch. Human activity is now the dominant influence on climate and the environment, with monumental consequences.
The Anthropocene means business NOT as usual. A new period of tremendous human disruptions to the living systems of planet Earth, with profound implications for human health, energy, climate, our ecosystems, politics, law, economies, and scientific and cultural endeavour.
The Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene will position UNSW at the forefront of Anthropocene thinking – shining a light on how we thrive, not merely survive, in this new era of human-making.
Professors Anthony Burke and Ben Newell lead the Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene.