ANTHROPOCENE

Do you know what that means?  A word I’d never heard of until the outstanding presentation last night by James Balog;  geologist, mountaineer, explorer, National Geographic Photographer and Film Maker, and director of the Extreme Ice Survey.  The work of he and his team led to the creation of a feature film documenting the loss of glacial ice around the world called Chasing Ice.

Balog’s work documents an important piece of evidence in the continuing effort to recognize and address the impact of climate change on Earth.  Evidence of the natural swings in global temperatures and climate have been clearly documented by science; however, for the first time in the geologic and atmospheric record we are seeing evidence of a human driven disruption in those natural fluctuations that have been in motion for tens of thousands of years.  Scientists have uncovered evidence of a cataclysmic event that led to the extinction of dinosaurs on our planet; a meteor impact.  Research has proven the source of the 400 year “Mini Ice Age” that had summer temperatures in colonial America barely breaching the freezing mark; dark ages volcanic activity.

The inhabitants of Earth have lived and died by their ability to adapt and survive.  The long held belief that there’s nothing people can do to negatively impact nature in the long term is quickly fading.  Essentially, human beings are an act of nature.  The way we choose to live does have an impact on our environment; minimal but real.  When multiplied by 7 Billion, ANTHROPOCENE makes much more sense.

The Anthropocene is an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth‘s ecosystems. ….Wikipedia

Advancement of our species has been shaped by our ability to conquer the obstacles of our surroundings.  We are now capable of conquering on a global scale, and that is good.  With great power comes great responsibility.  Now we must utilize science to take global care; not for the survival of our rock in space, but for the ability of our rock in space to sustain the diversity of life we have been granted.