May 2022

Climate Crisis and Future Generations: Tina Heger


May 24, 2022

Labont Seminars 2021/22 – Climate Crisis and Future Generations

24 May 2022 h 4:00-6:00 pm

Tina Heger (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) & Freie Universität Berlin), “Biodiversity crisis and future generations: Towards a Symbiocene”

Abstract: Our current age is facing not only a climate, but also a biodiversity crisis. An estimated number of eight million species are at risk of becoming extinct very soon. Even though the fact that we are facing a global mass extinction event has been known for very long, the major drivers of biodiversity loss are still active, with no major changes in sight. Global transformative change is therefore urgently needed, and it should address both the climate as well as the biodiversity crises. What can future generations expect? And what is needed now to facilitate the urgently needed transformation? In this presentation, I will argue that what is needed is a fundamental change in our relationship to nature. To trigger a renewal of the human-nature relationship, positive visions will play a major role. The narrative of the Anthropocene is counterproductive in this respect, since it fosters and reassures the idea of humans as the dominating factor on earth. I will introduce the concept of the Symbiocene as an alternative, positive narrative. It is in line with the current ideas underlying relational environmental ethics, and promotes the idea of a livable future that is characterized by a sustainable human-nature relationship. In the Symbiocene, the interaction of humans with other living beings is symbiotic in a figurative sense: Humans care for nature as much as nature nurtures us humans.

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