“Welcome to the Anthropocene,” a new video made for the Planet Under Pressure conference, maps every land and water transportation route on earth in an amazing three-minute journey through the last 250 years of human history.
The narrated version tells how the changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution, which started in the 1750s in England and spread across the globe, are dwarfed by those of the Great Acceleration, which began in the 1950s. Globalization, marketing, tourism and migration to cities fueled the greatest series of changes the planet’s ever seen.
Humans now control three-quarters of land aside from the ice sheets. We move more rock than natural forces. We’re losing biodiversity. We’ve made a hole in the ozone layer. Sea level is rising.
“Humans have altered Earth’s natural cycles and entered the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch dominated by humanity,” the video says.
Both vidoes were created by Globaïa, a global education organization focused on environmental issues.
Though this new era may seem daunting, the video’s message is hopeful that humans can redirect the planet’s course of evolution.
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