THE ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Era and How It Shapes Future will be released in the US on November 5, 2014 and in the United Kingdom,  January, 2015.


Praise for the German Edition

Christian Schwägerl’s book shows us that we humans turn our relationship with Nature upside down. Over millennia we were rebels against a more powerful force. Now it is we who decide what will be Nature tomorrow and after, e.g. by determining the climate and altering the oceans. The Anthropocene is an intellectually exciting book and at the same time the work of a father who tries to tell his children what’s happening with planet Earth.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP


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

There are so many doomsday books that one is skeptical of new titles about the environment. But Christian Schwägerl takes a fresh approach. His book lacks the usual fundamental skepticism about science and technology. He shows how they can contribute to saving our planet.

Deutschlandradio Kultur (German National Radio)

Schwägerl asks for a radical cultural shift. The goal is a globally connected eco-high-tech-society. Science from the West, moderation from the Far East combine to a new value system: the matured primate Homo sapiens learns how to live sustainably.

3Sat Kulturzeit (National cultural TV)

Schwägerl interprets the Anthropocene not as apocalypse, but as an overdue modernization of our sinful consumerism….He develops a breath-taking planetary vision, a green and just utopia.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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