The evidence is plain to see. There is indeed something new under the sun. The majestic physical and chemical processes that organise the Earth system, the evolutionary trajectory of the living world, the composition of the soil and water, everything now bears the mark of human activity.
Environmental concerns have made cracks in the dominant understanding of progress, development, wealth, and in the very idea we have of social co-existence.
The environmentalist movement has set out to raise awareness among the general public of the debates organised around the question of the environment. These debates involve Earth sciences, anthropology, sociology, history, geography, economics, and philosophy. Their content challenges the organisation of knowledge, political norms, and the technological supervision of nature.