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Hyperanthropos and Climate Change
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Hyperanthropos and Climate Change

From the cockpit of a 747, Christina Fredengren explains the meaning of hyperanthropos.
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I am here in the cockpit of a Boeing 747. I am in a rather small space, but I wield a massive amount of power- -as the humans do in the Anthropocene. Today, climate and the environmental change- -can actually be seen as an aggregate of human action- -possibly the effect of human hybris putting human needs of some people of today in the center. The climate can actually be seen as a hyperobject- -where many actors around the world contribute to the shaping of it. That also means that each action matters. The arrival of the Anthropocene has reframed humans as both cultural and geological actors. A human is actually always more than a human.
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However, not everyone is equally situated in the carry of the burden of climate change. Furthermore, as philosopher Rosi Braidotti says- -“Not all of us can say, with any degree of certainty, that we have always been human”- -“or that we are only that. Some of us are not even considered fully human now,”- -“let alone at previous moments of Western social, political and scientific history.” For these reasons, we need to build a more inclusive humanity- -to build solidarity and care between human and more than human generations.

This video was filmed on location at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden. Christina Fredengren is sitting in the cockpit of a Boeing 747. She is sitting in a small space, yet she wields a massive amount of power. This symbolizes humans in the Anthropocene – a time when human hubris has put the needs of some humans ahead of other humans and of other species. Christina explains how climate can be seen as a hyperobject – shaped by many actors around the world. She encourages a more inclusive humanity built on care between human and more than human generations.

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