The idea of 'planetary boundaries' and the new geological epoch of the 'Anthropocene' has captured the imagination of many policy makers and commentators and dominated discussions around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In this part of the module, Prof Melissa Leach (Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and former director of the STEPS Centre), articulates the problems with these concepts and how a STEPS pathways perspective might help to foreground issues of social justice and politics in these on-going international policy discussions.
In this brief introduction (1 minute), Melissa Leach outlines her talk. Watch this first and then view the next two videos in order they appear.
The makers of this film describe it as "A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit."
The rest of Melissa Leach's lecture picks up the ideas in the videos about the Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries, and looks at neglected political questions.
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