Very cool video from a collaboration between Elementa Science and melodysheep about the new age we are all entering, whether we want to our not.

Made popular by Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, the term “Anthropocene” refers to the current (unofficial) geological epoch where human activities have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. In an IGBP newsletter Crutzen, along with Eugene Stoermer (who coined the term), wrote:

To develop a world-wide accepted strategy leading to sustainability of ecosystems against human induced stresses will be one of the great future tasks of mankind.

Joseph Stromberg and Paul Voosen have also both written extensively on further defining the term and its global implications for the future. To get a better idea of what those might be check out this interesting video mapping the history of the Anthropocene commissioned by the international Planet Under Pressure conference.

Regardless of how you define it, there’s no doubt that mankind is a formidable force of nature.

The issue now is what are WE going to do about it?