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Book Launch: Anthropocene Days

On Tuesday 18 April 2023 at 5:30pm, join Honorary Associate Professor John Dargavel as we welcome his 2023 release, Anthopocene Days, launched by Assoc Prof Ruth Morgan, Director, Centre for Environmental History, ANU.

Register to attend the in-person event at ANU website.

Is that the nub of the world’s environmental crisis: that in the business of everyday, we pass by with our connections unacknowledged? 

Anthropocene Days gathers 27 easy-to-read short essays about the environment and climate change in everyday life. While the world and governments are beset by the great woes of changing climate, deforestation, species extinction, air pollution, fouling oceans and so on, we go about individually and locally as best we can from day to day. Anthropocene Days contends that these two domains, so apparently separate, are essentially connected. 

The book looks at the diverse and mundane activities of daily life to show how the environment is experienced, and does this very personally by drawing its observations from the author’s life. It is part memoir, part recent history – a medley of short essays with themes of landscape change, forests, trees, war, fire, pestilence and the domestic life of housing, dusting and clutter. Motivated by present concerns, some reach back to the 1940s. They are set in Australia, Britain, India, Singapore and America. 

Anthropocene Days is a deceptively easy read. It does not hector readers on what to do, but its ruminations, drawn from long engagement with environments, encourage reflection on how we pass our everyday lives while the planet changes.