The African Anthropocene

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Media Type: Article - Foundational

Date of Publication: February 6, 2018

Year of Publication: 2018

Publisher: Aeon Media Group Ltd.

Author(s): Gabrielle Hecht

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The Anthropocene feels different depending on where you are – too often, the ‘we’ of the world is white and Western

Gabrielle Hecht turns to examples from South Africa, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso to explore what the Anthropocene means for the people of Africa, people too often left out of the conversations and the implied definition of ‘we’:

While the Anthropocene continually inscribes itself in all our bodies – we all have endocrine disruptors, microplastics and other toxic things chugging through our metabolisms – it manifests differently in different bodies. Those differences, along with the histories that generated them, matter a great deal – not just to the people who suffer from them, but also to humanity’s relationship with the planet.

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