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Anthropocene Actions promotes fair, loving and ecologically regenerative societies.

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The Anthropocene is the age of human impact at a global scale. From our ancestor’s first painting of a hand on a wall, our impact has been increasing. Now humans are destroying or fundamentally disrupting the living systems we are part of, and upon which we and all other living things rely.

We cannot completely undo what we have done, nor halt many of the changes we have begun, but we can respond positively, with great urgency  and collaboratively. All over the world people from all walks of life are aware of the urgent need for deep change across our societies. They are cooperating, reaching across the silos that divide us, to create ways of responding to the complex problems we face.

To impact systemically the apparently very diverse actions and ideas  for change must become visible and emergent as a powerful social movement, building to the point that it becomes unstoppable. Humans are already defining the era in which we live. Through our shared actions and interactions, we have the opportunity to define it differently.

Our focus is on radically reframing our relationship with each other and within nature so we can rapidly achieve fair, loving and ecologically regenerative societies. 

This earth-centric approach is what we mean by Anthropocene Actions.


Initiators

Peter Lipman

Is Founding chair of Transition Network and chair of the Common Cause Foundation. He also chaired the UK government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change’s Community Energy Contact Group. He worked at a leading UK charity, Sustrans, for 15 years, latterly as External Affairs Director, before setting up Anthropocene Actions.

Ciaran Mundy

Co-founder and current director at Anthropocene Actions. Ciaran worked as an ecologist and business/social entrepreneur, but greatly influenced by his research work in soil ecology, and in species and habitat conservation. He was a founding director and MD at the Bristol Pound local currency until 2018, a founding director at One World Wildlife and volunteer Director at Transition Bristol. He wants his work to support the development of a fair, diverse and joyful society that recognises and celebrates our total dependence on the natural world we are all part of.

Sarah Toy

Is a chartered civil engineer with 25 years’ experience working in the public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors, most recently as Chief Resilience Officer for Bristol as part of the global 100 RC initiative, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Throughout her career Sarah has worked on a wide range of infrastructure projects from motorways to cycle lanes and flood defences to low cost water and sanitation systems in Africa, Asia and South America. She is very interested in how people’s daily lifestyle choices can be positively influenced through a combination of hard (physical) and soft (social marketing) measures.

What we do

Achieving  fair, loving and ecologically regenerative societies will need deep cultural shifts. These shifts will only be achieved by doing the things that enable us to feel loving and compassionate.

Humans are predominantly cooperative, social creatures with individualistic and competitive characteristics.  The intrinsic and extrinsic values that underpin these opposing behaviours are hardwired and culturally emphasised to different extents. 

We take the view that the current dominant cultural paradigm massively over emphasises the values that promote individual competitive behaviours.  This stands in the way of galvanising our intrinsic values into a wider response to the current crises.

There are many vested private and institutional interests and structures maintaining this status quo.  We work, therefore, to explicitly share, celebrate and connect together those whose ways of operating are already underpinned by intrinsic values.

Our role is to do all we can to promote the emergence of communities of people coalescing around shared values rather than siloed issues, working cooperatively to drive change that can transform practice and shift cultures. 

We will be piloting one approach to achieving this in the first half of 2019.

Contact

If you’re interested in collaborating we’d love to hear from you.

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