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Symbiotic Futures

by Romy Snijders


We are living in the Anthropocene, the current geological age in which we humans have a dominant impact on the climate and the environment. The disconnection of humans and the rest of nature is an essential part contributing to our planet’s destruction. This disconnection has to do with the concept we have of nature. The concept of nature is not objective or neutral. It is socially constructed, a specific cultural model and thus different across cultures. If stories of human exceptionalism brought us to where we are today, might stories about living in symbiosis with nature bring us to a better future?