A new anthology, Connectedness – An Incomplete Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, is offering perspectives on what binds us together and how we can strengthen our connection to nature.
The book – which features contributions from young climate activist Greta Thunberg and Icelandic singer Björk – is a frame of reference and an incomplete encyclopedia, which reflects “the broken, complex state of the world”.
According to the anthology’s publishers, Strandberg Publishing: “The climate crisis is a reality. A reality so extensive and complex that our existing knowledge of natural disasters is not enough. With the challenges facing the world, it is necessary to look at what binds us together and how we can strengthen the threads that run between all living things – the intimate, fundamental connection between humans and nature that we have forgotten today.
“It is not possible to draw an accurate, perfect picture of a changing planet, and it is not enough to isolate the problems or to look at the anthropocene from a limited perspective or subject area. The book attempts to capture the most important positions in the volatile debate surrounding the state of the planet, gathered under the question: How do we live together? And who are we when we are not only human but also nature?”
From academic and scientific essays to manifests, poetry, visual arts, charts and photographs, Connectedness highlights nearly 100 voices – including artists, architects and researchers, among others – who each reflect on questions, phenomena, terms, possibilities and theories associated with the Anthropocene and with the human and environmental connectedness.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com