People choose their actions based on their view of society and their expectation of the future. If our only views are negative, we’re likely to steer towards a negative future.
We need stories about the future that paint a realistic and optimistic vision of what the world can be.
A good Anthropocene is likely to be radically different from the world of today, involving fundamental change in human-environment relationships, changes in values, cultures, worldviews, and even the power and gender relations influencing social norms and behaviour. But envisioning a future so different from the world of today, while obviously appealing, is also incredibly difficult.
We aim to help the global community develop inspirational visions and stories, with the potential to be key components of transformations to sustainability, helping to shape the very reality that they forecast. We do this by looking to the emergence of new thinking, innovative ways of living, and different means to connect people and nature that already exist.
As threats to society and nature are highlighted, many people are increasingly engaging in strategies to create a more just, prosperous, and ecologically diverse world – what we call a “good Anthropocene”. We propose that we can develop better scenarios by starting with those emerging innovative ideas, ways of living, and transformational projects. We call such concepts Seeds of Good Anthropocenes.