Owen Gaffney (Stockholm)

This blog is about the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene concept argues that humanity has flung our planet out of the Holocene and into an entirely new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The idea has bubbled around for a few decades and more. But only recently has it has gained significant scientific credibility. Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer first penned an article on the subject in 2000. The article appeared in the IGBP newsletter, Global Change.

This blog will discuss how the Anthropocene is unfolding. And what it means to live in this time. It will also talk about working within the scientific community as we attempt to define and understand the Anthropocene and what it means for our future. Moreover, I want to observe and comment on the great political events, the digital revolution and other global phenomena related to this newly networked society we live in.

I am Owen Gaffney.  I am a writer. I founded the anthropocene.info website, the first educational website dedicated to the Anthropocene and produced and directed the short film, Welcome to the Anthropocene, with Felix Pharand Deschenes. I have a degree in Astronautic and Aeronautic Engineering and post-graduate qualifications in journalism and film production.

I am Director of Communications at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm. I am the former editor of the award-winning magazine Planet Earth and in 2008 I set up the website Planet Earth Online.

This is a personal blog representing the author’s personal views not the views of IGBP or any other organization.

All images are fully credited and permissions granted where possible. If there are any issues with permissions or rights infringements contact me and I will remove the image.

Selected articles

TEDx Stockholm Welcome to the Anthropocene (May 2013) Link coming soon.

Future Earth Climate Change: the state of the science (September 2013)

Future Earth How does equality link to global sustainability. Richard Wilkinson Interview (August 2013)

New York Times Scientists Propose a New Architecture for Sustainable Development (March 2013)

Nature Sustainable Development Goals for People and Planet (March 2013)

BBC Humanity needs to take a giant leap

Global Change A Planet on the Edge

Earth System Governance UNsustainable

Our World 2.0 2010 Human Sustainable Development Index

Earth Summit 2012 Global Connections, Global Action

Stakeholder Forum Intergovernmental Panel on Global Sustainability

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Civilization Killers we face today:
    Climate Change: pollution tilting the balance of nature.
    Oil Famine: consequences of a monolithic dependence on a source of energy 50% outside our self-reliance.
    Religious Wars: oil-dollars funding Al Qaeda.
    Perpetual Wars: wars since 1990 to defend access to foreign oil.
    Peak Oil: US Peak Oil was in 1970. Life depends on energy. Oil is finite. Life and nations based on oil are terminal.
    Debt: Debt is Taxation without Representation, confiscating energy without consent, a tax on the future labor of children. The “have nots” will rebel as the “haves” confiscate the energy of the young.

    Please consider knitting these defects into your story telling. We learn through stories.

    Bill James

  2. Dear Sirs, To fight global warming, have the United Nations create ‘The Global 50/50 Lottery’, the world’s first honest global lottery, to raise the massive funds needed to buy clean electricity generating wind, solar, ocean and water systems, to replace the electricity from our coal burning electric power plants, that are emitting the carbon dioxide that is causing global warming. Remember, human greed is like a force of nature that can move mountains. If we can exploit it to fight global warming, we just might beat it!


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