Introduction

Alpha-thology of the Anthropocene: Table of Contents

While no anthology of this size could comprehensively address the emergent field of study surrounding the anthropocene, group Champion Alpha Gold’s Anthology covers a diverse range of topics, from cultural attitudes to our changing environment, to the value of specific solutions to certain aspects of the anthropocene.

 

Chapter One
Saleem Noor – Traditional Eastern Thought in Environmental Ethics
In Traditonal Eastern Thought in Environmental Ethics, Saleem Noor discusses how we can relate to nature according to one branch of Eastern Philosophy, Hinduism. From reading this chapter, you will learn of the influence of Western thought on our attitude towards and mentality of the environment and what Eastern philosophy can provide to make this relationship better.

This draws an interesting parallel to Leyla Ahmadi’s paper where she discusses gender’s influence on how people relate to nature and how it is different in areas that contain a stronger emphasis on gender roles.


Chapter Two

Christine Williams – Environmental Education in the US and Beyond
In “Environmental Education in the US and Beyond,” Christine Williams takes the view that the United States is behind in terms of environmental education, as compared to other nations such as China, France, Belgium, and many other countries in the European Union. The majority of educational institutions in the US are not currently teaching the ethical value of nature and its resources to children, thus allowing our global competitors to achieve better sustainability, potentially leaving us dangerously dependent on them for necessary resources.

In “Traditional Eastern Thought in Environmental Ethics,” Saleem Noor emphasizes the idea that Eastern Philosophy tends to place more value on the intrinsic qualities of nature, and that the United States ought to learn from this ideology.


Chapter Three
Leyla Ahmadi – Relating Gender and the Anthropocene
This chapter will provide the ways in which gender and the Anthropocene relate to each other and the roles that gender plays within the Anthropocene. Through Leyla Ahmadi’s chapter, the hope is that the reader would see the ethical significance surrounding the relationship between gender and the environment, specfically some of the present inequities and inequalities. Throught the support of outside sources, she conlcudes that gender roles affect the way we approach, treat, and think about the environement.

“Relating Gender and the Anthropocene” makes an important linkage to Christine Williams’ chapter “Environmental Education in the US and Beyond”. In her chapter, Williams discusses the importance of environmental education at an early age. If this this type of education is accomplished and implemented, many of the ethical issues concerning gender and the environment can be addressed and prevented early on. 


Chapter Four
Lindsay Hunter – International corporation and governmental responsibilities and roles in the Anthropocene.
This chapter will focus on international corporation and governmental responsibilities and roles in the Anthropocene.
In writing this chapter Lindsay Hunter hopeed to help the reader understand the current role that both of these parties have, and the lack of responsibility they currently share in this issue. She argues for a change in the way that both governments and organizations are run. This is in order to ensure that society is doing the most that it can to preserve and sustain the environment and its resources, in the most ethical manner.

This particular chapter has linkages to both John Daviss’, and Andrew Bullard’s chapters in the anthology. Bullard’s discussion of carbon offsetting relates to one way in which goverments are trying to make a positive change in their operations. Daviss’ chapter discusses waste management, an important aspect for corporations to consider if they are actively making an effort to run in a more environmentally friendly manner.


Chapter Five
John Daviss – Responsible Waste Management and Sustainability for Business
In “Responsible Waste Management and Environmental Sustainability,” John Daviss orients the reader to current corporate waste management practices and the consequences of irresponsible waste disposal. The reader should leave this chapter with a good grasp of possible solutions and educational programs as well as the benefits of implementing renewable energy practices. Like Bullard and Oden he addresses specific solutions to certain problems presented by the anthropocene.


Chapter Six
Andrew Bullard – “Fixing” the Anthropocene: the Significance of Carbon Offsetting
In ” ‘Fixing’ the Anthropocene: the Significance of Carbon Offsetting”, Andrew will explore the idea of the carbon offsetting as a possible solution to help fix the climate problems in the Anthropocene. He discusses the pros and cons of offsetting as well as the idea of voluntary offsets. While offsetting emmissions will not completely fix the Anthropocene’s problems, it is an important first step in reversing the damage humanity has caused. 

This chapter links to both Kenneth Sandoval’s, Lindsay Hunter’s, and John Daviss’ chapters of the anthology. Both Hunter and Daviss discuss ways governments are attempting to change policies and reduce emmissions while Sandoval talks about what could happen if nothing is done to prevent further damage to the environment.


Chapter Seven
Kenneth Sandoval – Modern Extinction in the Anthropocene
In “Modern Extinction in the Anthropocene” Kenneth discusses the issues surrounding the extinction of endangered species in the Anthropocene.  A reader will understand the Anthropocene-related causes and effects of extinction.  Along with this, they will see different viewpoints on why it is happening as well as what should be done about it. 

This chapter presents and discusses a problem of the Anthropocene which can potentially be corrected in topics covered by John Daviss, Andrew Bullard, and Bennett Oden.


Chapter Eight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bennett Oden – De-extinction in the Anthropocene
In “De-Extinction in the Anthropocene,” Bennett Oden discusses resurrection biology as a proposed strategy of restoration ecology that seeks to revive extinct species and potentially introduce them into their original ecosystems. He discusses this use of de-extinction technology as being both beyond the scope of our current understanding of ecology and largely unhelpful to the quest of preserving a habitable environment. The reader should leave this chapter with a superficial understanding of the methods used in resurrection biology and a critical perspective on the ethical ramifications of cloning and genetic manipulation programs. This portion of our anthology expands on “Modern Extinction in the Anthropocene” by evaluating a specific solution to the current biodiversity crisis in terms of utility and ethics.manipulation programs.

 

After reading Champion Alpha Gold’s anthology, we hope that the reader will come away with a deeper understanding of the diversity surrounding the issue of the Anthropocene. A varied array of fields of study can and are being utilitzed to better understand our impact on our natural environment and how the ethical implications of this will continue to affect mankind. 

 

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