Economics for the Anthropocene Receives grant from the SSHRC | September 2014
The Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) conference, which will hold its inaugural event at Macquarie University in December 2015, received a generous contribution from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The SSHRC will contribute to this ongoing project over the next six years.
The Economics for the Anthropocene conference is arranged through a collaboration between the key partners, McGill University (Montreal), York University (Toronto), University of Vermont (Burlington), and Macquarie University. David Christian of the Big History Institute is one of the key collaborators in the E4A.
Peter G. Brown of McGill University explained the importance of the conference:
'Human beings have influenced the global ecosystem to such a degree as to disrupt the grand cycles of nature, leading many scientists to refer to the era since the Industrial Revolution as the Anthropocene - a period of human domination of Earth systems. The Economics for the Anthropocene project is grounded in the discipline of Ecological Economics and will tackle the urgent goal of improving how the social sciences and humanities connect to ecological realities of the Anthropocene. A diverse partnership of academic, government, and NGO partners will take on the challenge of investigating, teaching, and applying a new understanding of human-Earth relationships - with a specific focus on three regional, transboundary challenges: water security, energy resources, and climate justice. The E4A Partnership aims to create a vibrant international research network, train future leaders for the Anthropocene, engage on-the-ground actors to help solve transnational problems that define this new era, and reconcile disciplines such as economics, finance, law, governance and ethics with an understanding of how Earth systems function.'