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date: 19 April 2021

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The chapter argues that all forms of heritage are at risk from population and development pressures within the Anthropocene. We lose our sense of place in the age of solastalgia, as natural and built heritage, the integral parts of loved home environments, are lost. No amount of citizen collaboration or soliphilia can save heritage from desolation when government and corporate power values profit over all other forms of value. The concept of the Symbiocene is proposed as an antidote to the Anthropocene. However, in the Symbiocene, heritage will remain an ironic and elusive experience. This is because the full reunification of human praxis with life support systems will produce almost no distinctive signature on Earth that could be highlighted as exclusively “human” heritage. Heritage as something that defies the natural “beauty of decay” will be a deliberate, educative act of creation.

Keywords: Symbiocene, solastalgia, symbiosis, sumbiophilia, Anthropocene, soliphilia, psychoterratic, heritage

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