The Tragedy of the (Global) Commons: A Divided Anthropos Encounters (Abrupt) Climate Change

The Tragedy of the (Global) Commons:  A Divided Anthropos Encounters (Abrupt) Climate Change
Finale of the UN Climate Change Summit COP21, December 12 2015, Paris

At the advent of the Anthropocene, life is being pushed to its limits the world over; we are currently living through the Sixth Mass Extinction to occur since multicellular life first emerged on the planet 570 million years ago. In light of the abject failure of global environmental governance to have averted runaway climate change, what environmental action could possibly become commensurate with anything actually efficacious against this unfolding extinction event? Any such action would not only require time-critical interventions into both ecosystems and evolution itself, for these interventions would also require domains of risk and ethics that shatter normative understandings of same.

Dr Joshua Wodak works at the intersection of the Environmental Humanities and Science & Technology Studies. His research addresses the socio-cultural dimensions of the climate crisis and the Anthropocene, with a focus on the ethics and efficacy of conservation through technoscience, including Synthetic Biology, Assisted Evolution, and Climate Engineering.

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Date & time

Mon 23 Oct 2023, 3–4pm


Online only, via Zoom


Dr Joshua Wodak, Western Sydney University


Natasha Fijn


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