We live in an age of global environmental change in which human impacts on the natural world have passed safe limits. Geologists have dubbed this new era the ‘Anthropocene’ in recognition of the fact that we are now the decisive force shaping the Earth’s future. This issue of IPPR Progressive Review seeks to understand what this means for our politics and explores the latest in progressive thinking on how to rise to the challenge of the Anthropocene – before it’s too late.
- Editorial/ Mathew Lawrence, Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Carys Roberts
- Does political ecology need the approval of geologists? / Jean-Baptiste Fressoz
- World accumulation and planetary life / Jason W. Moore
- Human health in an era of global environmental change / Dr Doaa Abdel-Motaal
- Food security and the Anthropocene / Riaz Bhunnoo
- Why it’s time for Doughnut Economics / Kate Raworth
- Imagination and will in the Anthropocene John Ashton
- The perils of political advice/ Colin Kidd and Jacqueline Rose
- White coats and red tops / Helen Ghosh (in response to Kidd and Rose)
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.