- Issue: Fall 2016
When Dutch chemist and Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen proposed that Earth had entered a new epoch, he did so to express how fundamentally humanity was affecting the planet. That was 16 years ago, and he called this new era the Anthropocene.
Today, it’s all too clear that our beautiful, fragile planet is being impacted at every level by humanity, so this issue of the magazine is dedicated to us. While every issue tells people stories, in this issue people are the story, and in particular those people who are doing something to make the Anthropocene a time of opportunity rather than one of loss.
In this issue, WWF CEO Carter Roberts and CARE CEO Michelle Nunn discuss the power of a partnership that fully equates a healthy planet with people’s well-being. Two other stories showcase the incredible work our staffers are doing—with a host of partners—in Indonesia and globally to understand people’s connection to nature, and to see just how fundamentally human decision-making can be tied to valuing what nature provides.
It can feel overwhelming, the ways we are changing this world we share. So together, let’s make the Anthropocene not only the era when humanity put the planet into a tailspin, but also when we rose to the challenge of turning it all around.
And speaking of people...you spoke out! We’ve received more than 5,000 responses to last issue’s survey. Stay tuned for some reader-inspired updates next year!