What historical concepts can help us negotiate the implications of the Anthropocene?

Gísli Pálsson, environmental anthropologist

Environmental anthropologist Gísli Pálsson reflects on the ancient Greek concept of oikos (housekeeping / household economy), from which the modern concepts both of economy and ecology derive, as potentially holding a renewed relevance in the Anthropocene. With human beings searching for solutions to wicked problems in a world in which ‘planetary boundaries’ have become a priority consideration, we may find in this root concept of oikos a new tool in an ancient sheath as we actively rethink and reexplore our bonds to the earth and to each other.

Encyclical letter Laudato si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our common home

Bifrost gratefully acknowledges the leadership of the research network NIES for all their valuable support and work behind the scenes that helped make the interview excerpted in this video possible. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Mid Sweden University, where the interview was filmed.
Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman and Gísli Pálsson. What historical concepts can help us negotiate the implications of the Anthropocene? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 30 November 2017 (CC BY-SA 2.0)