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Bright Spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene

Global examples of a thriving sustainable social-ecological future published

There is no lack of stories that document climate change, biodiversity loss, inequality and other examples of unsustainable development around the world. Efforts to envision what better futures could actually look like seldom receive the same attention. The "Bright Spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene" project is trying to do that. This is a suite of research activities that  aim to solicit, explore, and develop a suite of alternative, plausible visions of “Good Anthropocenes” – positive visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable. The project has brought together researchers from Canada, South Africa, US, UK, the Netherlands, Brazil, Germany and China. Future Earth has funded several workshops, and several of its core global projects are invovled, such as PECS, ecoSERVICES, GLP and ESG.


The project has just published an article entitled “Bright spots: seeds of a good Anthropocene” in the October issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. In total, the team has analysed 100 of the more than 500 projects that have been contributed to goodanthropocenes.netexternal link, the website that has been created for the project. These seeds of a good Anthropocene range from projects designed to create healthier school lunches in California to biodiversity conservation in South Africa, and forest conservation in Scotland.


You can read more about the paper at the NY Times dotearth blogexternal link, opens in new window, the Stockholm Resilience Centre websiteexternal link, opens in new window and at the McGill University websiteexternal link, opens in new window


The paper is available hereexternal link, opens in new window, or here, and can be requested from the Stockholm Resilience Centre link above.

PECS - Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society

Stockholm Resilience Centre

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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.