Flourishing diversity: being contemporary in the Anthropocene

Jerome Lewis

University College London

‘Progress! Develop! Modernize!’ are concepts that destroy our ability to be contemporary. Such directives push those to whom they are uttered to put their efforts into trying to achieve an elusive future state, rather than take stock of the present moment and respond appropriately. Being contemporary to our current predicament, as Bruno Latour (2017) reminds us, is the most challenging issue facing humanity today. We most urgently need to take stock, and ask ourselves what an adequate response to the current global crisis might be?

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Embracing biological and cultural diversity: An interview with Dr Jerome Lewis

Below you will find a link to an interview with CAOS co-founder Jerome Lewis. This interview covers Jerome’s research into hunter-gatherer societies, his deep-seated interest in ways of egalitarian living and being, his thorough interrogation of Western models of conservation. At the bottom of this interview is a link to an essay by Jerome titled Flourishing diversity: being contemporary in the Anthropocene.


What will it take to ensure a future liveable earth? – Book Launch of The Anthropology of Sustainability

As part of the book launch for The Anthropology of Sustainability, leading anthropologists consider this question – offering unconventional answers and a radical new paradigm for anthropology in the 21st century. Join us for a roundtable discussion with Henrietta Moore, Veronica Strang, Laura Rival, Marc Brightman & Jerome Lewis.

This will take place from 16:00-18:00, and will be followed by a wine reception.

Tickets at this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-will-it-take-to-ensure-a-future-liveable-earth-the-anthropology-of-sustainability-tickets-45757512953?aff=eand




DSC09389-1Carolina Schneider Comandulli

Extreme Citizen Science Research Group

University College London


The Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability has been supporting the project “Environmental and Territorial Management in Indigenous Lands of the Guarani People in South and Southeast Brazil”, since the beginning of 2016. Financed by the Newton Fund – British Council, the project has as main objective to carry out activities focused on the relationship between territorial occupation and preservation, ensuring environmental management in Guarani lands. Through three main fronts of action, the NGO Indigenous Labor Center (CTI) is carrying out activities that are working with this theme in joint execution with Guarani communities, according to their demands and interests.


Fake news in conservation: Overfishing or over-reacting?


Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti

University College London

I started my career as a conservationist in the Pantanal, Brazil. I remember the first thing I heard was that the local fish population was decimated. Some people even called the Paraguay River an empty river. The widespread belief was that the river had been devastated and that it was an area where local people impetuously harvested everything.  As an early career biologist out to save the world, I was easily convinced by the passion behind this crisis portrayal.

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Scarcity, Climate Change and the Construction of Conflict


-Picture courtesy New York Times

Catherine Clarke

University College London (UCL)

Editor’s Note – Although not explicitly discussing narratives of sustainability, this essay examines the political subversion of climate change discourse from narratives of mitigation and sustainable development to the apolitical rhetoric of military mobilisation. This essay was written in 2014, and as such omits the current humanitarian horrorshow occurring throughout Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, I strongly urge you to examine the climate narratives surrounding these conflicts after reading this piece.


A global discourse has emerged, causally linking climate change with conflict. This discourse is employed by a striking array of actors, from national governments, to UN agencies and the military. It is not limited, however, to these powerful institutions – publications from development NGOs, think tanks, policy reports and the media have all bought into this apocalyptic vision, largely outpacing the findings of academic research. As this discourse gains momentum, it is critical to ask who it serves, what other kinds of violence it conceals and who is most vulnerable to its impacts.

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“What is it we are trying to sustain?” – Working towards understanding the ‘Pluriverse’

lime_kiln_lighthouse_by_rj – Picture courtesy of VisitSanJuan.com

Dr. Sara Friend
University of St. Andrews

Nootsack, a place truly set apart from the world I had known. As an island off the northwest coast of America the feelings of remoteness did not necessarily come from this area’s physical distance from central nodes of human activity. At night from North Beach I could see the flickering lights of Vancouver, Canada, with Seattle, Washington, lying about eighty miles to the south as the crow flies. But oceans, borders and the intent of a small community can all be great barriers.

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