Award-winning science and environmental journalist, Christian Schwägerl has researched how humans, nature, and technology interact. Schwägerl is inspired by the idea of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen who argued that we are living in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, a time in which human dominance of Earth’s biological, chemical and geological processes is an undeniable reality, presenting us with a new role as planetary stewards.

But what does it mean to live in the Anthropocene?

Schwägerl investigates this question by visiting some of the last pristine places on Earth, exploring rising megacities and witnessing the devastation of forests and coral reefs. Melding rigorous scientific training with his experience as a journalist, he has covered high-profile political and environmental conferences, and interviewed key figures influencing the course of our future. The result is this thoroughly researched, comprehensive overview of our planetary situation and outlook. Schwägerl presents tangible solutions to our global crises, and shares his vision of a world that balances ecological sustainability, economic prosperity, political justice and cultural vibrancy.


One of the most intelligent how-to-save-the-planet books in a long time.

DIE ZEIT Science Magazine, December 2010

The Anthropocene is full of facts, yet very graphically written. It doesn’t stop with analyzing how we destroy nature. Schwägerl screens science and technology for solutions, draws on philosophy and the history of culture for orientation. It’s a book that allows a look behind the ‘apocalyptic curtain.’ And it’s an invitation for everyone to become part of a new movement – a permanent environmental summit.

Ulrike Heckmann, North German Radio NDR

This book is skillfully investigated. It invites us to join a dawning Age… where total responsibility is fundamental in our value system.

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder, Humboldt-University Berlin, former director of the Berlin Natural History Museum

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