We are welcomed to the Anthropocene. Almost everywhere right now. It all started with scientists declaring that the Earth has entered a new epoch—one that is characterized by human impact on the planet’s biophysical processes. After the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability held in Stockholm May 2011 the concept has been picked up by the Economist and Time Magazine, just to mention a few places. "If you haven’t heard of it, it is time to get out of your cozy Holocene cave", as Thad Miller from Portland State University put it in a recent blog post at Resilience Science.
The notion of the Anthropocene also dominated last week’s Planet Under Pressure conference in London. London was also the place for the launch of a new website "Welcome to the Anthropocene", which aims to inspire, educate and engage people about humanity’s impact on Earth. Its combination of high-level scientific data and powerful imagery seeks to help people visualize and better understand humanity’s geographic imprint in recent time. Does it work? Judge for yourself. Watch the introduction video below and visit the website.