Being a fellow of the Economics for the Anthropocene project, I spend a lot of time reading and reflecting on the Anthropocene, i.e. the current epoch in which human activities are significantly impacting the environment (see, for example, here). I think about this most of the time, both as a graduate student, and as a human being: Our species has transformed the planet very deeply, and it wasn’t a smart decision, because while we were naively modifying this and that, we altered important equilibria we didn’t even know existed… and now we have to face the consequences.
I have a controversial relationship with newspapers: on the one hand I wish they were talking about the environmental problems more often and with more clarity and completeness, on the other hand, when this happens, I feel unsettled, because most of the time the news just reinforces my worries.
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