Jedediah Purdy: After Nature, A Politics for the Anthropocene

Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. The geological strata we are now creating record industrial emissions, industrial-scale crop pollens, and the disappearance of species driven to extinction. Climate change is planetary engineering without design. These facts of the Anthropocene are scientific, but its shape and meaning are questions for politics—a politics that does not yet exist. After Nature explores what this politics could be for this post-natural world.

Jedediah Purdy argues that with human and environmental fates now inseparable, environmental politics will become either more deeply democratic or more unequal and inhumane.