09/27/2013

Saving Wild Places in the ‘Anthropocene’

23:32 minutes

We’re living in the epoch some scientists call the “Anthropocene”—an age in which human influence touches nearly everything on the planet. Forty years after the signing of the Endangered Species Act, and nearly 50 years after the Wilderness Act, do we need to rethink how we protect nature? Environmental historian William Cronon and environmental geographer Paul Robbins discuss protecting wild places in the age of climate change.

Segment Guests

William Cronon

William Cronon is environmental historian at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

Paul Robbins

Paul Robbins is professor and director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.