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


  • Wes D.
    07/27/2021 09:32

    The claim that humans have changed the earth's geology more than any natural process is ignorant beyond belief, why don't you look into plate tectonics. For anyone who's paying attention to their message, do some research and think.

  • Gavin S.
    12/19/2020 16:30

    A year on a pandemic is gripping the world But still the destruction carries on unabated In fact poaching illegal logging get this fracking oil drilling in the fkg Okavango for 2021 I’m a messenger to people but no one is actually listening It’s all about to implode I suppose denial is the order

  • 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!

  • Karen C.
    03/06/2020 13:05

    Research Boran Slat!

  • SB L.
    03/04/2020 22:35

    Want change? Turn violent. Things don't change until heads start rolling

  • Jana C.
    03/04/2020 16:21

    And when humans go extinct, the earth will go on with it's business as if we were never here.

  • Kim G.
    03/03/2020 22:49

    This is sad

  • Smo K.
    03/03/2020 18:02

    Why do we approach this as alien to the planet earth? Are you implying that homo sapiens were brought here from external sources? No. So shut the fuck up. What we are doing is the natural cycle of this planet. We are the natural cycle. Stop spreading disinformation to bolster stocks and company profits.

  • Peter O.
    03/03/2020 04:40

    We need inspiring passionate leaders to change corporate greed into humanity feed.

  • Kelly D.
    03/03/2020 01:08

    The same people protesting are the same consumers that keep the big corporations in Business. Cell phones TVs all that stuff... ya

  • Margarete G.
    03/02/2020 22:01

    We must think of our family that followed us.

  • Susanne F.
    03/02/2020 20:15

    What’s the documentary name tho

  • Robert H.
    03/02/2020 15:41

    It should be said that the anthropocene age may be the last for humans. The Earth 🌏 will still be here no matter what.

  • John Q.
    03/02/2020 15:20

    More nonsense from .

  • John Q.
    03/02/2020 15:19

    More nonsense from .

  • Anders W.
    03/02/2020 13:37

    Humans is cancer

  • Patrick Y.
    03/02/2020 13:36

    People need to stop Having babies and adopt ones that are already had. Stop thinking you need to have a baby that looks like you and your husband, Your not that good looking anyway. This is the only way to heal the earth.

  • JoAnn D.
    03/02/2020 12:28

    I just read that all our coral reefs will be gone in 10 years, as oceans warm. Solar power, and getting rid of single use plastic can help. But it's not an issue that most people see. Greta has been a good inspiration. We need harsh penalties for polluters. We don't need a Space Force!😔

  • Larry W.
    03/02/2020 12:16

    pollution yes

  • Peggy P.
    03/01/2020 22:10

    Its about $ alot of people dont care

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