Conference “How to Think the Anthropocene”

When, local time: 
Thursday, 5 November 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 6 November 2015 - 7:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
John Crowley, j.crowley@unesco.org

This is an international, interdisciplinary conference which has been organized to air the opinions of those who are studying the relationships between human societies - in all their diversity - and their environment.

Over these two days of debate we will be highlighting the contribution of the social and human sciences to the fight against climate change and its consequences.

In December 2015, COP21 will be held in Paris. This conference incites as much fear as hope; many consider that it is humanity’s last chance to come up with a binding agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent a rise in temperatures that would have catastrophic effects.

It is in the context of a general mobilisation towards a solution that this event, How to Think the Anthropocene, is being convened.

Anthropocene: this term seeks to signify that humanity has become a geological force, capable of affecting the climate of the planet. What are we to make of this change, both global and diversified? Which disciplines have been mobilized to deal with it? Climate sciences are also mobilising specialists of the human sciences: philosophers, anthropologists, historians, sociologists and others.

UNESCO has contributed to the organisation and financing of this event and is participating in the roundtable.