The Anthropocene

The edges of historical eras tend to be fuzzy. It would be nice to think that someone awoke in Florence, Italy, one day in the late 1300s — perhaps as spring started— and said, “Today the Renaissance begins!” We can be sure no one did, if only because historians discern such eras only in retrospect. The same is true of geological epochs. Humans existed when the Pleistocene ended and the Holocene began, 11,500 years ago. The geologic time scale, which defines geological periods, began to take its modern form only in the 19th century.

Among scientists, there is now serious talk that the Holocene has ended and a new era has begun, called the Anthropocene, a term first used in 2000 by Paul Crutzen, who shared a Nobel Prize for his work on the chemical mechanisms that affect the ozone layer.

The Royal Society has devoted a recent issue of its Philosophical Transactions to the Anthropocene. According to one of the papers, the name is “a vivid expression of the degree of environmental change on planet Earth.” It means that human activity has left a “stratigraphic signal” detectable thousands of years from now in ice cores and sedimentary rocks.

via The New York Times


Eh insomma neanche il tempo di rendersene conto e siamo già in un’altra Era geologica. Questa è in soldoni la conclusione di 10 anni di studi dell’International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (già soltanto a scriverlo mi sa che è passata un’altra era) e dello Stockholm Resilience Centre che saranno pubblicati al World Economic Forum di Davos dal 21 al 24 gennaio nel rapporto “The trajectory of the Antropocene: The Great Acceleration”

Keep reading

Humans’ indelible stamp on Earth clear 5000 years ago - environment - 29 April 2013 - New Scientist

When did humans stamp our footprint on the planet? The idea that we have entered a geological epoch defined by our very presence – the Anthropocene – is gaining traction, but exactly when did this epoch begin? After the first atom bomb went off? At the start of the industrial revolution in the mid-18th century? Or was it a lot earlier? A new study argues that the Anthropocene began with the rise of farming or even in Neolithic times, when we took to widespread burning of the bush to hunt animals.

El Geógrafo Erle Ellis describe cómo los humanos hemos transgredido repetidamente los límites ecológicos desde que éramos cazadores-recolectores. La civilización humana no se sustenta en sistemas naturales sino humanos, como la agricultura, ciudades, y la industria, que han probado ser extremadamente “resilientes” a las presiones climáticas y de población. Lo que está en juego […] no es la supervivencia de la civilización humana, sino más bien los contornos y cualidades de nuestro planeta ajardinado.
—  Love Your Monsters, Michael Shellenberger

The ‘Anthropocene’

El término Antropoceno (de griego ἄνθρωπος anthropos, 'hombre (humano)’, y καινός, 'nuevo (kainos)’) es usado por algunos científicos para describir el actual período en la historia terrestre desde que las actividades humanas han tenido un impacto global significativo sobre los ecosistemas terrestres…

This is the animation done by Globaïa for the short film 'Welcome to the Anthropocene’ commissionned for the Planet Under Pressure conference.

The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes. The film is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene:

Watch the narrated version here:



Welcome to the Anthropocene

a long time ago, when i was about 12 or 13, my aunt pervin had someone close to her pass away. i can’t remember if it was her mother or her aunt, but pervin had them flown out to live with her in america for a while before they passed away. anyways, i remember my mother being really devastated about the death. the woman who had passed away was a really spiritual figure to my mother. aunt pervin had whispered “before she died, she was telling me that yom al’ giyamah was going to be within our lifetime or our kids lifetime…” which is what caused me to become really religious in my early teen years. i had a huge phobia that one day would be the end of the world and i would be sinister in god’s eyes.

i’ve been watching this video about the antropocene on youtube which addresses the inevitable end of humanity which is soon approaching through ecological shifts and the eco-psychological effects they have on humans. 

“we are living out the final scenes in the liberal nightmare… this is the devastation we’ve felt for a long time but never had words for…”