Anthropocene

Anthropocene is a term for the historical moment in which we’re living. It may be the last epoch which will support humankind and that’s why it’s critical that we understand who we are as a species, and the future we’re leaving for this planet. The message may seem negative if not cataclysmic, but the good news emerges from the same forces which gave us life in the first place: the natural selection of life over billions of years.

This time frame is characterized by a departure from the current natural geological epoch (the Holocene). Human activities are pushing the Earth into an unknown future, but one which is already becoming less biologically diverse, with fewer forests, with higher temperatures and more significant weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, floods, and snowstorms (Angus, 2016).

References

Angus, I. (2016). Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System. New York, N.Y: Monthly Review Press.

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