The contemporary moment requires collective action, and unified efforts of academics, policy makers, and global community activists. The naming of this epoch as the Anthropocene signals the momentous changes that result from anthropocentric inhabitation of the Earth. Rather than taking a moralistic or limited approach to this habitation, and, the future of this habitation; the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene (IIRA) has the primary aims of framing such processes, thinking through their consequences, and deciding upon what can be done.