In this Deep Dive video Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, talks about the Anthropocene and what steps could help in fighting the climate crisis.

The end of the First World War saw not only a new era of peace, but also the advent of the Anthropocene. The new epoch dictated by the human influence on nature on a scale never seen before, the Anthropocene marks a new understanding of how humans transform the geological time into historical time and puts issues of climate and environmental protection at the forefront.

By becoming itself a geological force that is changing the climate, the humanity has to deal with the Anthropocene repercussions in form of deteriorating climate conditions around the world. Stopping the use of fossil fuels and rethinking the entire global energy system is among the necessary immediate steps in the fight against the climate crisis.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn was present at Berlin Science Week with a contribution in the event “Prognosen für Mensch und Erde. Welches Wissen brauchen wir, um besser zu handeln?” on Tuesday, 8 NOV 2022 at the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.