The term Anthropocene refers to a new era that is characterised by how humans affect the Earth’s fundamental systems (climate, water, ecosystems) in order to ensure development and economic growth.  Since last summer, nine researchers, three directors and two playwrights have been working to portray this challenge, and have now presented the result at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Environmental researchers from several fields at Stockholm University are involved in the project, including: Emily Boyd; Miriam Huitric and Fredrik Moberg from Stockholm Resilience Centre; Kevin Noone from the Department Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry; Helena Pedersen from the Department of Child and Youth Studies; and Anna Roosvall from the Department of Media Studies. Three researchers from SEI are also involved.

Tell the story in other ways

“As a media researcher, I am very familiar with the media’s difficulties to communicate about climate issues in a way that leads to real change. In The Human Scene, we try to tell the story in other ways. It has been very exciting and rewarding to discuss and communicate our research a little more freely than we are used to,” says Anna Roosvall, Department of Media Studies, who conducts research on environmental justice and the role of the media in reporting on climate change.

“The Anthropocene – The Human Scene” staged at the Royal Dramatic Theatre on 7 December as part of a collaborative project between the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Riksteatern and Stockholm University, with financial support from the Swedish Postcode Lottery.