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Filmed on Monday November 20, 02017

Elena Bennett

Seeds of a Good Anthropocene

Elena Bennett was the lead author of a Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment paper, “Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene.” Her lab is based at McGill University where she studies Ecosystem Services and how humans best interact with their environment in a sustainable manner.

As humans increasingly dominate Earth’s natural systems over the coming centuries (“the Anthropocene”), how can we ensure that it becomes a “good Anthopocene”—a world in which nature and humanity prosper together?

Ecosystem ecologist Elena Bennett believes that discovering the most effective paths to such a future is a bottom-up process, as countless projects all over the world are exploring how nature and humans can best collaborate. She has collected 500 such examples and assembled them into a hopeful narrative pointing toward an Anthropocene Epoch in which all life thrives.

Instances of the good Anthropocene are already here. They just need to be examined, distributed, and connected up to a working whole.

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