Environmental Philology reads land

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What we should admit, is that the complexity of the situation challenges journalism to embrace new kinds of reporting. One way is the Envinronmental Philology. That is the study of the ongoing biodiversity crisis from the perspective of the cultural, human legacy. By definition a phylological research implies reconstruction of the past following clear chronologies that allow to figure out how we got here; in this case, past is provided by paleontological records of planet history and its faunas with regards to the expansion dynamics of Anthropocene. Philological assessment connects past and present, because conservation consists of the transmission of an ecological inheritance. Environmental philology reads land and sees in wadi, rivers, trees, sediments and layers not only clues, but more specifically witnesses. It goes also for animals. Philological task is to make them speak. Facts, crossings, species, individuals are all players in a story telling that aims at seeking of legacy in the going of time, as Heidegger put it : The being of future is repeating past in the how of my life. This is exactly what Tracking Extinction Legacy will investigate: matching Goethe’s statement “in order to really inherit classics, you must conquer them once again” and Micheal Benton’s point on The Sixth Mass Extinction.

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