International E-publication: Publish Projects, Dissertation, Theses, Books, Souvenir, Conference Proceeding with ISBN.  International E-Bulletin: Information/News regarding: Academics and Research

Reconceptualising the Anthropocene: Climate change and Gendered Vulnerabilities

Author Affiliations

  • 1University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 13, Issue (1), Pages 5-10, January,14 (2024)


The veracity of climate change stands irrefutable. Accelerated by the Anthropocene, climate change is premised on the dissolution of the age old dichotomy between Man and Nature. Paul J. Crutzen the Dutch atmospheric chemist and Nobel Prize winner argued that the genesis of the Anthropocene epoch could be traced from the latter part of the eighteenth century, when analyses of air trapped in polar ice showed the beginning of growing global concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane. This period also happened to coincide with James Watt’s design of the steam engine in 1784. Indeed, human activities of mining, construction and deforestation have come to surpass the effects of non-human forces. The power of humans have conquered over that of nature in determining life on Earth. However, it is equally essential to hold cognizance of the fact that climate change, as a consequence of the Anthropocene epoch, projected as a homogenous act of humankind is not devoid of complexities as culpabilities cannot be straight jacketed into uniform categories. A desk review of the existing literature aids the readers to garner a more holistic understanding into the causalities of climate change from a gendered perspective and how incorporating a gender conscious approach can in turn be beneficial in effective climate change mitigation and adaptation.


  1. Crutzen, P.J and Stoermer, E.F (2000)., The Anthropocene, The International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme (IGBP): A Study of Global Change of the International Council for Science (ICSU) Newsletter, 41, 17-18., undefined
  2. Crutzen, P. J. (2016)., Geology of mankind., Paul J. Crutzen: A pioneer on atmospheric chemistry and climate change in the Anthropocene, 211-215.
  3. Walton, S. (2020)., Feminism’s Critique of the Anthropocene., The New Feminist Literary Studies, 113-28.
  4. Grusin, R. (Ed.). (2017)., Anthropocene feminism., U of Minnesota Press.
  5. Steffen, W., Crutzen, P. J., & McNeill, J. R. (2007)., The Anthropocene: are humans now overwhelming the great forces of nature., Ambio-Journal of Human Environment Research and Management, 36(8), 614-621.
  6. Lewis, S. L., & Maslin, M. A. (2015)., Defining the anthropocene., Nature, 519(7542), 171-180.
  7. Malm, A., & Hornborg, A. (2014)., The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative., The anthropocene review, 1(1), 62-69.
  8. Singh, A. (2020)., Introspecting Gender Concerns in National Action Plan for Climate Change of India., Indian Journal of Public Administration, 66(2), 179-190.
  9. International Union of Conservation of Nature (2015)., Gender and Climate Change Strengthening Climate action by promoting gender equality., Issues Brief, IUCN, Switzerland, November.
  10. Chiu, B. (2021)., COP26: Why Are Women Still Missing At The Top Climate Table., Forbes Magazine, Oct 30, 2021.