How Humans Have Changed the Earth's Geology

Humans are a relatively new addition to the earth, but we have changed geology more than any natural force. This epoch is called anthropocene — and it might be the last one.

Spreading the threat of human control

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch doesn’t show glorious visuals of natural landscapes — it shows how human industry is changing them. The documentary explores regions and their local communities affected by industrialization, like the palladium mines of Norilsk, lithium ponds in Chile, giant seawalls in China. The term comes from the Anthropocene Working Group — a team of scientists who say Earth has passed the 12,000-year Holocene Epoch into an age of human driven geology. Humans have altered and affected nearly the entirety of the natural environment, much of which is irreversible and permanent. Even processes such as the atmosphere, water, biosphere, geology and more have been affected by human activity.

These changes to nature, caused by human alteration and are supported by overwhelming evidence, are referred to as the Anthropocene. “The Earth is 4.5 billion years old and humans have really only been up and running in terms of contemporary civilization for about 10 thousand years. we kind of needed to show people wow here's a place this place that we have transformed in the blink of an eye. But it was important to us to make this project global. To say we're not pointing a finger over there or over there. This is the whole planet all at once. We're reaching a saturation point of understanding that makes me extremely hopeful as this global conversation becomes more and more urgent,” Jennifer Baichwal, Co-Director of the film tells Brut.

In the shocking new documentary, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” a group of scientists investigates the effects humans have on the planet, and what this damage could mean for the future. Human civilization has caused the loss of 83% all wild mammals and 50% of all plants and degraded up to 40% of all agricultural land according to the National Academy of Sciences. But the directors are moved to hope for a better future by the work of young activists fighting for climate awareness.


10/16/2019 10:19 AM
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  • Beth C.
    04/01/2020 17:15

    A wonderful view of what humans have done to this beautiful world! It HAS TO BE STOPPED NOW because this is it! We only get one chance around. Please talk more about it and help DO more about it. Oh God, can anybody envision what 50 more years of OUR TREATMENT TO OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD WILL BE LIKE?? Honestly, we dont have 50 years to get moving! Each and every day is so vital and depending on what we can do, that's not a long time!

  • Angie J.
    02/09/2020 19:19

    Listen, everyone knows humans are ruining the earth. But these stupid, idiotic, braindead, young ppl that believe paying taxes to a gov’t will fix it??? That’s a special kind of fkn stupid!!! It’s obvious the human population needs to be culled! Why in the actual fuck do we fkn need 8 billion people!!!???? WTF!!! Each day animal & plant species are going extinct!!! Each plant & animal serves a purpose. And WE are garbage!!!

  • Mason L.
    01/20/2020 10:14

    So much negativity in the comments ???? This short video gives me Hope... Many good people doing many a good thing... 💚

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  • Gavin S.
    12/19/2019 18:05

    Time’s running out ⏳ Solutions there are no solutions to our predicament Growth it’s all we can do until it breaks which won’t be too long

  • Shawn O.
    12/14/2019 21:06

    The only way to save the planet is to get rid of all the human bloodsucking murderers on it. Period. It’s way too late. The filth and destruction can be seen all around the globe. Goodbye humanity and good riddance

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  • Allen B.
    11/22/2019 05:42

    Well like they said we haven't been around that long but we're sure f****** it up as fast as we can of tear something up burn something up or dig something up only humansis the one that's destroying it and we're probably going to destroy our own self soon enough

  • Mahmoud S.
    11/21/2019 13:58

    fakra el art gallery elly ro7na... that section ba2a documentary... gamed!

  • Léonie T.
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  • Cheena S.
    11/07/2019 22:47

    Blame the Big Banks...

  • Vi V.
    11/06/2019 07:04

    Greed Vs nature.

  • Adrian G.
    11/03/2019 02:50

    The only way to fix man made problems is get rid of man?

  • Richard B.
    10/31/2019 05:15

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  • Gary G.
    10/28/2019 15:55

    Parasites have been known to kill their host!

  • Helen S.
    10/28/2019 04:06

    Truly horrific picture of what we have done to our future ..

  • Micheal J.
    10/27/2019 17:09

    About time they blame the real problem, people, it's not the oil industry or the plastic industry, the problem is people, the more people in one area the more pollution