Interview: Finding a New Politics For Our New Environmental Era

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In an age defined by humankind’s unprecedented influence on the environment, how do do we begin to Jedediah Purdy reverse our increasingly disruptive impacts on the planet’s fundamental natural systems? Author Jedediah Purdy maintains that the times require a new politics to address the urgent global issues now confronting the planet, a vision he lays out in his new book, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Purdy concedes that it’s difficult to discern the specifics of the “democratic Anthropocene” he’s calling for, but it has fundamental underpinnings: being less beholden to Big Money, attaching a moral value on climates and landscapes, and placing more emphasis on our responsibility to future generations. Politics, he says, remains our best hope. “We only have one way of collectively pivoting the direction in which we’re taking that world, and that is political.” Read the interview.

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