Patrick Viveret: To Make a Success of the Anthropocene Age/ Réussir l’Anthropocène

Numerous specialists currently employ the concept of the Anthropocene to characterize a new geological age: following on the Holocene age, they believe that the role of the human species has become so decisive that it is capable of disrupting the climate, or of being at the origin of a sixth great extinction of species. Yet, this view of the Anthropocene seems purely negative and may even lead bone fide supporters of ecology to adopt a misanthropic stance (cf. the title of an environmentalist’s book Humanity Will Disappear, Good Riddance!).
Obviously, resistance to this destructive aspect of Anthropocene is paramount. But, rather than falling into despair over the humanity’s future, we must more than ever imagine and build a positive facet of this new era.