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Big Challenges: The Earth in the Human Era: Are We in Time to Save the Planet?

23/05/2018 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Barcelona

According to a recent scientific hypothesis, we are currently immersed in a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene, whose central feature is the role played by human beings as agents of environmental change on a planetary scale.
Climate change is its most striking manifestation, although the reduction of unspoiled natural areas, pollution, the loss of biodiversity, the genetic modification of organisms, the deterioration of the ozone layer and the acidification of the oceans should also be added to the list.
The Anthropocene is a scientific hypothesis with a heavy moral burden: the recognition that human beings have massively transformed nature means that we now have a responsibility towards a planet in crisis.
However, one (possible) scientific consensus on the anthropogenic alteration of the terrestrial system will not necessarily translate into a social consensus or, indeed, a political consensus. Will we humans be able to agree on how to deal with environmental challenges? What should we demand from our governments? How long do we have to act? And what is the price of not acting?
This debate is being organised as part of Big Challenges, ESADE’s hub for social debate.
Institutional welcome

Francisco Longo, Associate Director General of ESADE
Introduction and presentation
Francisco Longo
, Associate Director General of ESADE
Dialogue between:
Manuel Arias Maldonado, Professor of Political Science at the University of Málaga and author of Antropoceno. La política en la era humana (Taurus, 2018)
Rafael Sardá, Senior Scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and academic collaborator in the Department of Operations, Innovation and Data Sciences at ESADE

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