Victor Wallis, Posted on October 24, 2016
‘Ian Angus’s distinctive contribution is to underscore, with his geologically grounded perspective, the need to combine immediate measures of relief with a long-term agenda of transformation.’
Noted socialist scholar Victor Wallis is a Professor in the Liberal Arts department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and managing editor of the journal Socialism and Democracy, where this review was first published. It is republished here with his kind permission.
FACING THE ANTHROPOCENE
Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System
by Ian Angus Monthly Review Press, 2016 reviewed by Victor Wallis
“The Holocene is over. The Anthropocene has begun.
That cannot be reversed. The climate changes already
under way will last for thousands of years….
The question is not whether the Earth System is changing, but how much
it will change, and how we will live on a changed planet.” (212-13)
This book underscores the depth of the environmental crisis and, with its thorough grounding in the scientific literature, situates the onset of the crisis in geological as well as historical time. These two time-scales now converge, signifying the end of the ecological conditions that allowed the human species to flourish.