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The Anthropocene, Capitalism, and the Destruction of Nature

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April 2022

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Schewel 232

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Climate change poses one of the most pressing challenges for contemporary society. We are attempting to create solutions before first pondering what is causing the rapid destruction of our environment; humanity’s age of living in harmony with nature has come to an end in the era of capitalism. The usage of natural resources for economic gain has jeopardized not only our relationship with the Earth itself, but also future generations that will be born into a world suffering from the choices of generations past. Therefore, we must investigate what solutions to climate change exist, and whether or not these solutions must exist outside of a capitalistic society. Leaning on the works of Marx, Jonas, Marcuse, and other modern ecological theorists, this study utilizes critical evaluations of the relationship between capitalism and nature to see what would be necessary if we are to mitigate ecological disaster.

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The Anthropocene, Capitalism, and the Destruction of Nature

Schewel 232

Climate change poses one of the most pressing challenges for contemporary society. We are attempting to create solutions before first pondering what is causing the rapid destruction of our environment; humanity’s age of living in harmony with nature has come to an end in the era of capitalism. The usage of natural resources for economic gain has jeopardized not only our relationship with the Earth itself, but also future generations that will be born into a world suffering from the choices of generations past. Therefore, we must investigate what solutions to climate change exist, and whether or not these solutions must exist outside of a capitalistic society. Leaning on the works of Marx, Jonas, Marcuse, and other modern ecological theorists, this study utilizes critical evaluations of the relationship between capitalism and nature to see what would be necessary if we are to mitigate ecological disaster.