Anthropocene

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Anthropocene

In geological terms, we're currently living in the Holocene stage of the Earth's existence; a period of time when all the elements have proven most beneficial to our species. But our unfettered growth has left a massive footprint upon our planet, and its ramifications may soon usher in a new geological epoch. Anthropocene, a short documentary produced by the ABC-TV Catalyst series, examines the characteristics and the consequences of this oncoming age.

From singular events such as the first nuclear weapons test of 1945 to the unprecedented industrialization that's occurred in nearly every region of the world, our Earth has undergone more rampant change in recent times than any other period in its history. As revealed in the film, the CO2 levels in our atmosphere have risen 100 times faster than they did at the conclusion of the last Ice Age. The end result could bring about a transformation of the very structure of our planet, and one that may present overwhelming obstacles in our quest to survive and flourish.

Geologists call it The Anthropocene, and they can recognize the signs of its imminent arrival all around them. In a far reaching study coordinated between dozens of nations around the world, scientists tracked various aspects of human activity in comparison to the functions of Earth's systems. The research project collected data as far back as 1750 and continued right up to our present day. What they discovered was shocking. The Earth's ability to maintain balance was surprisingly unfazed until the birth of the post-war industrial revolution, at which point its instability began to skyrocket.

"We are in the beginnings of a transition to something else," one scientist ominously proclaims during the course of the film. Earth scientists didn't come to this conclusion lightly; in fact, such a proclamation requires overwhelming and irrefutable evidence of a change to the surface of our planet. Just in the past 60 years, unprecedented human consumption, along with increased atmospheric levels of CO2, methane, nitrous oxide, lead and other elements, have conspired to alter the physical and functional characteristics of the Earth.

In the midst of the climate change debate, Anthropocene examines the crisis facing our planet from a fresh perspective not often considered by the mainstream. It's a valuable reminder that the human footprint could ultimately prove more devastating to our planet than Mother Nature herself.

13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. joe nobull

    theres an alien on earth...its name is corporation
    this alien has no conscious,feelings,heart, arms or legs...its invisible and cannot be physically touched

  2. scubahalo

    More silly leftist propaganda. You're all such pathetic victims of your own self-induced psychosis. Sad , actually.

  3. mike m

    A corporation is a "person" in a court of law, only. Being a "legal" person, it has the rights of a real person to achieve its' goals. Things like give money to politicians, among other rights that only a person would have.
    Just to take away personhood from corporate law would put them very much under public control. No need to change their charters. Corporate charters could stay the same without any alteration. Making money could remain their god, but without "personhood" under the law, they would answer to us in the ways they actually "do" this worship.
    If i'm not mistaken, then, they wouldn't be able to just bolt off to some other country for the current advantages that tactic now offers them.
    We would have to "allow" them that move.
    Lots of other controls we would have also.
    Just remove "personhood" from them.
    Nothing else. So simple. So sweet. So doable.
    Yet everyone just sits there, hollering and yelling about all the other complicated solutions that will get nowhere because as "persons" in a court they slip their way out of all attempts to make them act like sane "persons"

    'nuff said.

  4. stefan

    @scubahalo: sure, like you sure supported trump, and now realise he f***ed you all with all his promises... sad pathetic right-wing liberal social darwinist talk. will look forward to tell you "I told you so...". in 10 years from now, you'll see you were wrong... or even earlier.

  5. john

    No one knows with certainty how this all will play out. But what is apparent is that people can't discuss these things without attacking each other. The problem I see in these videos is you never know who has a secret agenda and are we being given the whole truth and pure science. I've been tricked too many times to just believe because it's in a video with people who have some kind of title or credentials. I wish that wasn't the case because this all would have been decided a long time ago one way or the other.

  6. Dan

    It's strange because now with all the talk of climate change ; no one's talking about pollution anymore . Is pollution no longer a problem and if it is can we start agreeing on stopping it?

  7. scubahalo

    LOL! Good luck with all that stefan. Now go to your safe space and hug your therapy dog.

  8. crablegs

    The only solution we need is to control the number of babies coming into the world. People will have to be qualified to make a baby.

  9. voluntaryist

    mike m.: "'nuff said"?? Wrong! "Public control" (democracy) is an illusion. It doesn't exist, except in very limited scenarios, e.g., riots, and mass forfeiting of sovereignty to a ruling elite. Once individual sovereignty is gone no protection, no public safety is possible, quite the opposite. Exploitation is the result of choosing to be ruled over under any version, e.g., democratic socialism, communism, fascism, constitutional republic.

    The untried paradigm of a voluntary society, a society free from the faith in force, a society that values rights and reason, would be applying the morality of the private sector to the public. No one in the private sector claims the right to violate rights, that is the insanity of the present public sector worldwide.

  10. KsDevil

    There's money to be made by addressing climate change...both in support for it's limits and for acceleration.
    Every year there is another advancement in energy efficiency. Power hungry computers are replaced by battery operated hand held devices. Solar panels have dropped in cost such that most anyone with a regular job can afford them to power the new lower energy devices.
    But, there is money to be made on dealing with the effects of climate change and currently, there are few resource limits on it's efficiency. Money and materials pour into security markets and no one involved in that profit maker wants any one or any thing to stop it. And that is where the current decision power is.
    Don't ever fool yourself, humans have and will make decisions that are not in their species best interest.
    This documentary may be filled with talk of immediate danger, but as long a humans remain living in the moment, such talk will always seem exaggerated.
    But in my old age I have seen the ratio change a little between the climate controllers and the climate vampires, and the controllers are slowly gaining ground with society.

  11. Hoocheeman Savage

    Has everyone already forgot about Fukushima the largest killer of the planet in all human history? Isn't it funny how you never hear anything about it anymore, like its all forgotten?

  12. R.N.Mohan

    This documentary projects some negative aspects of the world phenomena. Bur much positive aspects can also be projected.Instead of making people panic about the future, why they make people plesant and happy about the future of the world.

  13. Jojokabo

    @scubahalo Thanks for the insight. Sad, actually.

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