The sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet and although it is the most inaccessible to us, we humans have also changed the seas extensively since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This change is now progressing faster than our knowledge, and "shifting baseline" describes the phenomenon that is now considered natural and normal, which a few years or decades ago was considered to have been changed and impoverished by man. In the meantime, our age is called the Anthropocene, because human action has become the determining factor on the planet.
All systems, ecological, economic as well as social and cultural, are subject to the same major trends of acceleration, degradation, centralization and impoverishment. The Anthropocene is the age of eutrophication and extinction of species, landscapes, cultures, languages and entire ecosystems.
Our themes are also themes of understanding this loss. But at its core is the question of what we can do to reverse this trend.
The answers are clues to paths into a world of diversity, structural richness, beauty, empathy and perspectives for many.
All themes are interwoven, just as everything on earth is interwoven. The demarcations are therefore sometimes somewhat arbitrary, other cuts are just as correct. But what remains decisive is that no matter how the point of view is chosen, there are always similar problem descriptions, similar causes, similar pseudo solutions and fundamentally different approaches to a long-term sustainable solution.
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