Limits to the Anthropocene
What are the boundaries of human intervention into nature?
The Earth as a dynamic and complex system in which human intervention could play a decisive role - this is the view the Club of Rome offers in its first report on "The Limits to Growth" some 40 years ago.
Today almost all ecosystems on Earth are direct or indirect influenced by humans and their activities. Nobel laureate Paul J. Crutzen gave this current geological epoch in which the global effects of human activities have become clearly noticeable the name "Anthropocene".
Not only the recent catastrophe in Japan but also the ongoing climate change and limited natural resources raise the question of the boundaries of human intervention into nature - or in other words: What are the limits to the anthropocene? In our symposium (2011) we set out to find answers to this question.