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Premier Future Earth publication Anthropocene magazine releases its third issue

Boulder, Colorado – Anthropocene: Innovation in the Human Age, a publication of Future Earth and an initiative of the Future Earth Media Lab, has released its third issue in print and online.


“This issue gets right to the heart of one of the more anguished questions of the Anthropocene,” says Kathy Kohm, the magazine’s co-founder and Editor-in-Chief. “What does sustainable consumption look like? And would we even know it if we saw it?”



Photo: Banksy


In this issue, Fred Pearce reports on how some economies may be quietly, and surprisingly approaching a phenomenon economists call “peak stuff.”


Veronique Greenwood tells a whodunit tale of the rise of fast fashion, its crushing environmental toll, and the technology and habits that need to change to keep your clothes out of the garbage.


And Nathanael Johnson tests out a provocative idea: Could personal food computers in which people grow their own fruits and vegetables be the harbingers of a massively distributed farming system that reduces fertilizers, pesticides, and waste?



Photo: Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab


Anthropocene magazine a digital, print, and live magazine in which the world’s most creative writers, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs explore how we can create a sustainable human age we actually want to live in. Their mission is to curate a global conversation about data, technology, and innovation that lead to solutions to the persistent environmental challenges of our time.


“Future Earth is dedicated to research and innovation for sustainability, and Anthropocene has clearly become our flagship publication,” says Josh Tewksbury, Executive Editor of Anthropocene and the Director of Future Earth’s global hub in Colorado. “Anthropocene tells compelling, solution-oriented stories focused on sustainability and it’s these types of evidence-based yet positive narratives that will create change we want to see.”


The first issue of Anthropocene was published in October 2016, where it debuted at the Habitat III, the largest summit on cities in United Nations history. The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation honored the second issue with its 2017 Excellence in Journalism Award. And in 2018, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education named Anthropocene a global bronze award winner of its 2018 Circle of Excellence awards program, recognizing for its second issue in the category of Special Constituency Magazine.


Anthropocene is also one of 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country participating in this year’s NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations. From November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, Anthropocene will be eligible to receive matching funds for individual donations up to $1,000.


Anthropocene also posts online news on the latest advances in sustainability science four days a week. Sign up to receive Daily Science updates in your inbox here. Find out how you can become a member of Anthropocene magazine here.




Kelsey Simpkins

Digital and Engagement Editor, Anthropocene Magazine


Kathy Kohm

Editor-in-Chief, Anthropocene Magazine


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