As part of the Anthropocene Campus Lisbon: Parralax conferences, Culturgest received the historian Dipesh Chakrabarty on January 9th, who came to tell us about The Climate of History, 10 years after having published “The Climate of History: Four Theses”.
Chakrabarty became polemic for supporting a universality that ignores classes, races, and genders in developing the ecological footprint of mankind. It has even provoked a heated discussion about the relevance of political and socio-economic divisions between the northern and southern hemispheres and the threats to survival.
This conference alerts us to the urgency of finding a response to climate change that is increasingly drastic. The historian even compares our current situation with the destruction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago, equating the destruction that human beings are causing on the planet with the meteorite that extinguished an entire species.
Chakrabarty, however, says that ten years ago, before the fourth assessment report of the PIMC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was discussed by the media, issues about climate change would not have had the same impact and would have been less urgent than they are today. The historian even gives us an example of his home country – India – as a case where this discussion would be quite complicated, despite being among the four largest emitters of greenhouse gases.