Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System

September 15, 2016

Ian Angus

Thursday, September 15, 7:00PM–9:00PM, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Woodward's, 149 W. Hastings St.

Co-sponsored by The Vancouver Ecosocialist GroupSFU's Institute for the Humanities, Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the Vancouver Climate ConvergenceRicochet, and the Vancouver-Burnaby Chapter of the Council of Canadians

This event is FREE and open to the public. 

This Event Will Launch Ian Angus' New Book Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System (Monthly Review Press, 2016)

A new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun—the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. In Facing the Anthropocene, Ian Angus shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge.


“Angus tells us that social justice advocates cannot get where we want to go without a new understanding of the Anthropocene, and that scientists must grasp the deep analysis of capitalism that some activists are bringing to the table. A timely and challenging book!” —Maude Barlow, National Chair of the Council of Canadians

“The best radical book on the state of the planet I have read in the past year…. A superb presentation of climate science and an illuminating discussion of its ‛socio-ecological’ causes and effects. Essential reading for ecosocialists, scholars, and activists of every stripe.” —John Foran, professor of sociology and environmental studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

About the Author:

Ian Angus is a long-time activist in socialist and environmental movements in Canada and internationally. He is editor of the online journal Climate & Capitalism and co-author of the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration. His most recent book is Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System (Monthly Review Press, 2016).