About

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 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.

Melissa Henry

Brings a range of experience, including working to implement an intrinsic values-based approach to developing place-based identity in a city setting whilst working at Common Cause Foundation. She has long experience of working across a range of stakeholders, from communities to government, to influence policy, practice and public sentiment around low-carbon travel as Director of Communications and Marketing at UK charity Sustrans. More recently she has been exploring and researching  the role of governance and systems leadership in working with complexity and change, the subject of her MBA dissertation.