The environmental crisis is global but its impacts are local. In recent years, many parts of the United States have suffered devastating floods and droughts, and degraded air and water quality as the result of poor planning, outdated infrastructure, climate change and simple greed. Unfortunately, politicians and business leaders have generally failed to address the challenge. Leadership will therefore have to come from the people and communities most affected.
Anthropocene Alliance (Aa) combats climate change and environmental abuse by building grassroots coalitions in the communities most badly affected. We provide support and training to community leaders, and connect them to the government agencies, nonprofit programs and pro bono professionals that can help them. We help them rally, protest and organize to stop flooding, mitigate global warming and end environmental injustice.
Our core initiative, Higher Ground, is the largest flood survivor network in the country. The network has 35 members across 20 U.S. states.
Our initiatives are premised on three key principles: 1) Resilience to current and anticipated climate change; 2) Mitigation of future risks by reducing the emission of global greenhouse gasses; and 3) Fair distribution of public and private resources.
The Anthropocene Alliance is guided by nine core principles:
Help the most vulnerable.
Care for animals as well as humans — we all have a place on the planet.
Devise practical, imaginative and scalable programs and solutions.
Be resourceful and collaborative. It isn’t about us. It’s about healing the planet.
Gather useful data and produce cogent analyses.
Create mitigation plans that can be secured by regulation and legislation.
Support fairness. Everybody should pay their fair share for sustainability.
Be creative. The old ideas haven’t worked. Let’s try some new ones and let artists and writers have a say.
Accept success. When we’ve achieved something, move on to the next thing.What's In a Name?
What’s in a name?
“Anthropocene” is the name for the epoch in geologic history when earth systems no longer follow their natural course but are instead directed by humans. The geologic markers of the epoch, found across the globe, consist of technofossils (industrial litter deposited by rivers and streams) and radionuclides (from atomic blasts). Before it is officially part of the geologic time scale, the name must be formally adopted by the International Union of Geological Sciences.
But regardless of its official acceptance by geoscientists, Anthropocene has entered our vocabulary and is here to stay. The reason is that it clearly summarizes what so many people have understood for at least two generations: that humans have decisively changed (for the worse) the physical and biological nature of the planet. The degradation of air, water and soil, the disappearance of habitats and extinction of species, and the growing threat to human civilization itself, all combine to make ours a unique and perilous time in global history.
The solution to the crisis is not obscure. It is simply humans acting in concert – in alliance – to first protect vital air, water and land, and to end the use of fossil fuels and other sources of global warming. But to do that requires significant changes in how we live, where we travel, and what we eat. Anthropocene Alliance was formed to advance this essential work of self and community transformation.