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Religions 2015, 6(2), 742-754; doi:10.3390/rel6020742

Climate Weirding and Queering Nature: Getting Beyond the Anthropocene

Department of Religious Studies, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199, USA
Academic Editor: Michael S. Hogue
Received: 11 May 2015 / Revised: 31 May 2015 / Accepted: 5 June 2015 / Published: 23 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Ecology in the Anthropocene)
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Though many scientists and scholars of the environmental humanities are referring to the current geological era as the anthropocene, this article argues that there are some problems with this trope and the narrative that emerges from it. First, responsibility for the current era of climate weirding is not shared equally, some humans are way more responsible than others. Second, the claim of the anthropocene works rhetorically to maintain a sense of human exceptionalism from the rest of the evolution of life on the planet. Third and finally, the suggestion that this geological era be named the anthropocene suggests that the problem and the solution to our ecological crisis lie with Homo sapiens. Does this not re-create the sense of mastery that has fueled contemporary planetary ills in the first place? This paper argues that the idea of agency must be reconfigured and redistributed throughout the planetary community in order to deal with the wicked problems arising from climate weirding and an uncertain future. View Full-Text
Keywords: Queer theory; new materialism; animality; wicked problems; human exceptionalism; ethics of uncertainty Queer theory; new materialism; animality; wicked problems; human exceptionalism; ethics of uncertainty
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Bauman, W.A. Climate Weirding and Queering Nature: Getting Beyond the Anthropocene. Religions 2015, 6, 742-754.

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