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Living with the Anthropocene: Love, Loss and Hope in the Face of Environmental Crisis

Cameron Muir Jenny Newell Kirsten Wehner



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New South Books
01 May 2020
History; Global warming
Australia - and the world - is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, birds and insects disappear from our gardens and plastic waste chokes our shores. The 2019-20 summer saw bushfires ravage the country like never before and young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love.

In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, some of Australia's best-known writers and thinkers - as well as ecologists, walkers, farmers, historians, ornithologists, artists and community activists - come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis. They build a picture of a collective endeavour towards a culture of care, respect, and attention as the physical world changes around us. How do we hold onto hope?

Personal and urgent, this is a literary anthology for our age, the age of humans.

'Living with the Anthropocene is an illuminating deep-dive in this 'storm of our own making'. With such a diverse and expansive collection of voices, what makes this book stand out is its unity. Thinking about climate change can be lonely and devastating but here you can be assured of being held, not only in thrall, but in great company.' - Anna Krien 'An important book that speaks to our time.' - Tim Flannery 'With this marvellous book the term Anthropocene loses its academic tinge to become a pervasive and pressing reality. A pantheon of Australia's finest environmental writers reveals the haunting personal costs of living in a world that humans have already turned upside down.' - Iain McCalman 'Scientists originated the term and concept of the Anthropocene. But this work takes a much deeper dive into what the Anthropocene really means for us humans now and into the future, and - importantly - what the Anthropocene means for the rest of life with which we share this planet.' - Will Steffen
Edited by:   Cameron Muir, Jenny Newell, Kirsten Wehner
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742236889
ISBN 10:   174223688X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Cameron Muir's features and essays have appeared in the Griffith Review, The Guardian, Inside Story, Overland, Australian Book Review and The Canberra Times. His book, The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress (Routledge 2014) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards and he helped complete and edit Tony McMichael's posthumous book Climate Change and the Health of Nations (OUP 2017). Jenny Newell is manager of Pacific and International Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney and she has previously held curatorial roles at the Museum of Natural History, New York and the British Museum, London. Kirsten Wehner is a curator and writer who is currently director of PhotoAccess: Centre for Contemporary Photography in Canberra and is a former curator at the National Museum of Australia.

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