The Anthropocene Age

We live in the Anthropocene. The age of humanity. It is the period of Earth’s history largely shaped by human activity. Over roughly the last 10,000 years we humans have changed the composition of both the planet’s atmosphere and its oceans, radically transformed its ecosystems—driving many species to extinction in the process—and have even begun to alter our own biology.

The transformation of the world is the result our collective activity but is not in its totality the product of some deliberate, careful plan. Our tremendous power to reshape the world gives us both an opportunity to make it a better place or to do it great harm. Although the benefits of human civilization are obvious, human civilization has also had a host of serious unintended consequences. It is not beyond our abilities to destroy either ourselves or the planet that is our home.

As the pace of change increases we have to consider as a species where we are heading. We can’t continue to use our power carelessly much longer. This blog will focus on the way we are transforming both the planet and ourselves. If there is anything that you think I should cover here, please don’t hesitate to pass it along. In particular, I would love to hear your suggestions for articles to read or books to review. Likewise, if you have any original photos you would like featured on the site, please let me know.

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4 Responses to The Anthropocene Age

  1. My partner recently wrote a piece on this subject on our blag and has now had more than 90,000 reads.

    http://www.globalfundexchange.com/blog/2011/03/10/the-age-of-anthropocene-by-lauralouise-duffy/

    If we unbalance nature, humankind will suffer. Furthermore, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy as, if not healthier than, we found it. This is not quite such a difficult proposition as it might sound. For although there is a limit to what we as individuals can do, there is no limit to what a universal response might achieve. It is up to us as individuals to do what we can, however little that may be.

  2. Here’s my contribution at a recent conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8EN8Q7f8EI&feature=youtu.be

    keep up the good work, Anric Blatt

  3. Pingback: Infestation, civilization, problems, predicaments & leadership | J. Morris Hicks, writer. speaker. activist.

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