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The place looked familiar: The clip showed the man climbing a steep road in the midday sun. The child was alive. More people were walking the roads, or slumped against buildings, or laying spread out on verges and shading themselves with jackets or thin cotton sheets.

Refugees had been making the sea crossing from Turkey since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but this was something bigger. In the summer of 2015, tourists on Greek islands began sharing videos of people landing on beaches or wandering into town from the mountain roads.

An internet news channel compiled the mobile-phone footage.

Tasos put his laptop down and turned to Maria. In 2015, more than 800,000 refugees crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece, up from 40,000 the previous year.

News media showed images of discarded fluoro-orange lifejackets and PVC boats bulldozed into massive piles on the island of Lesvos. Greek freelancer Tasos Markou was one of the first photographers to share those dramatic images with the world. His photos were published in major British papers and across Europe.

Shipping is free to most destinations. Some Turkish apparel shops have switched to selling lifejackets exclusively.

A signal for help

Even kebab vendors saw an opportunity, and started hanging them above their counters. The orange colour is a signal for help; it communicates the courage and desperation of people on the move, hopes dashed at the borders while the rest of us watch on feeling powerless.

Lifejackets also allow us to think through global political and material circumstances. The strategic desire for control of fossil fuels in the Middle East gave rise to colonial interference, to new borders and conflicts; the burning of those fuels has increased the volatility of the climate, which influenced the severity of the drought preceding the uprising against Assad in Syria.

The industrial use of petrochemicals and the globalised workforce made plastic lifejackets cheap enough to be used in sea crossings by hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war in Syria and Iraq. Tasos Markou Populist fear and anger are fuelled by more than economic and cultural insecurities.

For more than a decade, experts have issued warnings about resource scarcity and the disruptive consequences of climate change. I want to try to consider our anxieties and fears, displacement and migration, with the social and the environmental combined. A concept in the natural sciences offers a way to bring these strands together: The concept pushes our imaginations to think in vast timescales and expands debate beyond climate change to include the many other environmental pressures we face.

However, the Anthropocene narrative makes political claims that flatten historical difference, casting all people as responsible for problems the privileged created. If we can return contingency to the Anthropocene it will be a richer concept for thinking about our current circumstances.

On Lesvos I first emailed Tasos last year when I sought permission to reproduce one of boy day essay in life photographic twelve photos. We began corresponding, and when I learnt he was continuing to document the plight of refugees in Greece I asked to interview him.

We spoke regularly on Skype over several months. In June 2015, Tasos flew from Thessaloniki to Lesvos with 500 euros in his pocket.

He and Maria had been saving the money for a holiday. It was more than Maria earned in a month as a home-care nurse, but she urged him take his camera and go. Tasos headed north to the closest point to Turkey. By then night had fallen. The wind blew hard and Tasos thought he could hear voices on the sea. It was only the waves.

He was about to head for a guesthouse when he looked down and saw traces of arrivals on the beach and rocks.

Shoes, passports, backpacks, T-shirts, plastic water bottles and lifejackets. Traces of arrivals on the beach and rocks. He saw people emerge from parks, fields and roadsides. Refugees and migrants had to walk 60 kilometres south to the port of Mytilene, where they could be assessed and issued with papers before boarding a ferry to mainland Greece and, from there, into northern Europe. Some journalists and Lesvos locals were offering rides to the walkers.

Tasos asked if he could help. Drivers were supposed to call the police and register their name, car make, licence plate, car-hire company, pick-up point and destination — a procedure designed to prevent smugglers exploiting refugees. By the time he made it to Mytilene it was 36 degrees. There were queues of men in their underwear at the public shower. Families sat under trees or statues or beside walls. Some tourists wound down their car windows, took a snap and drove on. Others handed food and water to exhausted people.

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Tasos followed the example. He spent the next three days buying water, interviewing and taking photos across Lesvos. Most of the refugees were from Syria; many were from Iraq and Afghanistan. Men queuing for a shower in Mytilene. He was determined to follow the story. Stripping social causes The 15-year drought in the Levant that preceded the Syrian civil war was likely the worst in 900 years, according to NASA. Still, since the beginning of the conflict, some scientists and media have overstated the link.

This has led to misguided conclusions about people, climate and migration. It posed climate change and migration as risks to United States national security. The film warned of more terrorism and hordes of climate change refugees overwhelming countries and causing the collapse of states. The standard narrative for Syria is that the drought forced farmers off the land, food prices rose and competition for resources among rival groups led to violence. Some campaigners on climate change have used populist fears over refugees as a tactic to try to build support for action on emissions.

But the problem with the Anthropocene narrative is that it strips the social causes from ecological disruption. Not everyone is responsible for the Anthropocene and not everyone will experience it equally.

  • He spent the next three days buying water, interviewing and taking photos across Lesvos;
  • The strategic desire for control of fossil fuels in the Middle East gave rise to colonial interference, to new borders and conflicts; the burning of those fuels has increased the volatility of the climate, which influenced the severity of the drought preceding the uprising against Assad in Syria.

Paul Crutzenthe Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist who popularised the term, suggested the invention of the steam engine during the Industrial Revolution should be considered the start of the new epoch: Humanities scholars approach this from a different angle: The Anthropocene was founded on global inequity.

Tasos saw hundreds of people gathered on the rail lines. The Macedonian government had called a state of emergency and rolled barbed wire across the border. It wanted to slow the flow of people. Military and anti-terror troops stood at the border next to armoured vehicles.

People jumped with every new explosion and burst of gunfire. It began pouring rain and some sheltered under cardboard. He was covered in mud and his lens was destroyed. Stun grenades cracked in the distance.

The men gave him biscuits, water and cigarettes. Men sheltering under a concrete railway culvert. Tasos Markou The photos that agencies and newspapers wanted were of human drama in extreme moments: Tasos began to wonder if these images helped. He wondered how he could convey moments such as the hospitality under the culvert.

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In October Tasos returned to Lesvos. The small island was now receiving 200,000 people per month. The cemetery in Mytilene was running out of space.

Camps were over capacity. Remarkably, international and Greek volunteers, authorities, locals and refugees collaborated to hold it all together. Fishermen in the northern village of Skala Sikamineas spent every night in their boats, guiding refugees to the shore, diving into the water and rescuing people.

Women handed out sandwiches and fruit. They washed clothes and looked after children. They hugged and kissed those who made the crossing. A woman on Idomeni gives onions from her garden to a new arrival. Tasos Markou Tasos drove volunteers from Skala Sikamineas to a cape at the northernmost point of the island.

There, beneath the Korakas Lighthouse, the beach gave way to sharp rocks and cliffs. It was the most dangerous place to land on Lesvos from the sea. Many died in the attempt. Tasos worked with two American volunteers who wore wetsuits and dragged lifejackets from the ocean and shoreline. The older one, Jeff, had holidayed on Lesvos with his parents in the 1980s.

When he saw reports about the crisis he came over to help. The other American, Max, was trekking in Nepal in 2015 when the earthquake struck. He helped in the aftermath and it changed his life. Korakas Lighthouse, on Lesvos with Turkey in the background.

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  • Some Turkish apparel shops have switched to selling lifejackets exclusively;
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  • But the problem with the Anthropocene narrative is that it strips the social causes from ecological disruption.