Anthropocene Now

Anthropocene is a term that was first used 20 years ago to describe the new epoch of geological time, starting after the industrial revolution of 1750 indicating the transition out of the Holecene and into a new age – the human age. This term and its implications has incited great debate amongst the scientific community over the year, as in order for a new new geologic epoch to be accepted, we would have had to have changed the planet to such an extent as to have effected the rock strata around us. In 2019, scientist in the International Commission on Stratigraphy, did indeed agree this to be the case, and officially accepted the new age of the Anthropocene. Professor Will Steffen reflects on the current state of the climate, and revels that due to the connectedness of all of Earth’s systems, a cascade effect of climate disasters can occur – called the Tipping Point. We are fast approaching this tipping point, and to avoid it society will have to change. The evidence suggest we are already in a state of planetary emergency, and acting now is how we can escape Earth’s Tipping Point.