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Living with the Anthropocene

Love, Loss and Hope in the Face of Environmental Crisis

Cameron Muir (editor) Jenny Newell (editor)
Kirsten Wehner (editor)

ISBN: 9781742236889

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Climate change is happening. The world is changing. In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, leading Australian writers come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis as the physical world changes all around us.
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You're not alone.

Climate change is happening. Australia – and the world – is changing. On the Great Barrier Reef corals bleach white, across the inland farmers struggle with declining rainfall, in Tasmania forests that have never burned before are ablaze. Young and old alike are rightly anxious. Human activity is transforming the places we live in and love. In this extraordinarily powerful and moving book, leading Australian writers come together to reflect on what it is like to be alive during an ecological crisis as the physical world changes all around us. How do we hold onto hope?

In this moving and powerful book, some of Australia's best-known writers and thinkers including Tony Birch, James Bradley, Sophie Cunningham, Delia Falconer, Ashley Hay, Iain McCalman, Ellen van Neerven, Jane Rawson and David Ritter reflect on how we might resist, protect, grieve, adapt and unite. These personal stories – many of them centred around objects - are more than individual responses. They build a picture of a collective endeavour towards cultures of care, respect, and attention – values and actions that we yearn be reflected in the institutions that have power to act on a scale that matches the complexity and enormity of the challenge.

Personal and urgent, this is a literary anthology for our age, the age of humans.
Pages 304
Dimensions 234 x 153
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Subject/s Pollution & threats to the environment   Prose: non-fiction   Conservation of the environment  
Cameron Muir's features and essays have appeared in the Griffith Review, The Guardian, Inside Story, Overland, Australian Book Review and The Canberra Times. His book, The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress (Routledge 2014) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's History Awards and he helped complete and edit Tony McMichael's posthumous book Climate Change and the Health of Nations (OUP 2017).

Jenny Newell is manager of Pacific and International Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney and she has previously held curatorial roles at the Museum of Natural History, New York and the British Museum, London.

Kirsten Wehner is a curator and writer who is currently director of PhotoAccess: Centre for Contemporary Photography in Canberra and is a former curator at the National Museum of Australia.

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