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Anthropocene vs Symbiocene

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Anthropocene vs Symbiocene
According to this paper, Earth hit levels of carbon dioxide (410ppm) on 18 April - a "climate change milestone" since records were made.  Not a happy milestone, mind you, but of course we don't need to be reminded of our fate as destruction (should it be exploitation?) is all around us. Yes, I said "our fate", and not the Earth's fate, because while the Earth can reset itself, humans will probably be wiped out.

I recently read "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist" in The Guardian.  Ian Kingsnorth, the author, says “This is bigger than anything there has ever been for as long as humans have existed, and we have done it, and now we are going to have to live through it, if we can.”  It does sound grim.

"we have created an “all-consuming global industrial system” which is “effectively unstoppable; it will run on until it runs out”. "

The age of Anthropocene is upon us. To be honest, there might be some truth to Kingsnorth's words. Having started working as an environmentalist so many years ago (okay, since the late 90s), I haven't seen much progress in terms of reducing consumption, we now have hazy days due to forest fires from our neighbour, a new incineration plant is coming up (but we already have 4), and recycling is still not getting anywhere.

Can we even exit anthropocene and move towards symbiocene? 

Here is an art collaboration that I did with Christine of Rhinestic Knick Knacks.
As you can see Symbiosis does not include humans. Anthropocene, well, you can see what humans can do.

Anthropocene vs Symbiocene


Materials used: old cotton t-shirt, thread scraps
Technique: free motion embroidery



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  1. It is so sad that humans are heading so fast towards their demise yet for what-ever reason so many think it is another person's problem. I fear for the future of humans on this plant whilst we continue to live with a consumer based "Me" attitude.

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  2. Rather a gloomy post :/. But we do need to wake up to the realities if we're going to change...

    On a slightly happier note, do you find embroidery therapeutic, like some people find knitting? I used to do it when I was a kid, but I haven't picked up a hoop in about 20 years.

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