‘Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene’ is the overarching theme for the 2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance. Resilience and the Anthropocene are increasingly prominent in contemporary narratives of global environmental change, with important implications for how we think about governance. Can democratic politics at the local, national and global level rise to the challenges that these concepts present? Are the types of governance they appear to promote desirable? What are the consequences of non-democratic politics or polities for resilience, and for transitions and transformations towards more sustainable futures? The Canberra Conference will be a lively forum for hundreds of scientists to examine, explore and challenge some of the core ideas underlying earth system governance.
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