Anthropocene Geopolitics: Globalization, Security, Sustainability

University of Ottawa Press, 2020 - 225 Seiten
"Humanity has been scaling up its niche, changing the climate and the species mix around the world since the end of the last ice age and in the process generating a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene. Human activities occurring on a global scale are now impacting and altering boundaries that constitute the conditions under which humanity has been able to flourish over the last ten thousand years. Rapid changes in the earth system mean that old assumptions of stable borders as the basis of sovereignty have to be reconsidered. Ironically, the current phase of globalization involves re-bordering many things, extending property and jurisdictions in numerous new ways that may actually prevent effective adaptation to climate change. Securing the fossil fuel economy remains a policy priority, as does trying to cope with disasters on a global scale all of which makes sustainability more difficult as geopolitical rivalries shape contemporary global policy. The Anthropocene is thus the new context for sustainability policy in the latest phase of globalization, and both academic analysis and practical initiatives will have to incorporate its insights if they are to be effective. "--

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Simon Dalby is a professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, where he teaches in the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and at the University of Victoria, and holds a doctoral degree from Simon Fraser University. Before joining Wilfrid Laurier University, he was a professor of geography, environmental studies, and political economy at Carleton University.

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