Conservation

The age of Anthropocene

02/04/2019
The geological epoch in which the single dominant factor is homo sapiens.
Taken from Adam Nicolson's book titled 'A Seabirds Cry'
The Anthropocene
As geological time scales go, we are most familiar with the periods (Jurassic, Cambrian etc), which are subdivided into epochs. Many believe we are entering a new epoch - the Anthropocene, which recognises the influence of humans on Earth's biological, atmospheric and geological systems. There's much dabate over exactly when the Anthropocene started. One possibility is 1945, the date of the first nuclear tests, which will leave a distinctive radioactive signature in the rock strata of the future.
BBC wildlife magazine October 2017 page 15

'The Anthropocene will have brought one geological moment to an end, it could now usher in the Ecozoic, another of Thomas Berry's formulations, a time in which life forms are understood systematically, when human beings will engage with them not merely as an irrelevance or ingredients for dinner but as co-actors with us in the oikos - the Greek word at the root of ecology and economy. - the house of Earth'.
'The Ecozoic is life lived in the oikos, powered by empathy and enabled by understanding, and this book is, in it's way, a manifesto for the Ecozoic, and age which has at its heart the belief that all living beings have a right to life and to the recognition that they have forms of understating we have never shared and probably never will'.
Page 22 & 23

A similar theme is taken up by Jennifer Ackerman in her book 'The Genius of Birds' where she talks about the Anthropocene. pages 280 & 281