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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  • Timmy N.
    a day

    That chick needs a hairbrush, js

  • Patricio R.
    2 days

    Optimize your fuel, and solution for the pollution from tansportation and industries: Nuvitron

  • Alec W.
    2 days

    recycle everything, don't have tons of kids, and eat everything you buy. too bad everyone breaks some of those rules.

  • Scott D.
    3 days

    WTF???? Humans are new??? Where the f*ck did we come from in your theory?? We evolved just like everything else from a more ancient form. So ALL modern animals came from an older form and are a "relatively new addition to Earth." You people are so stupid it hurts to read the drivel you print.

  • Walt M.
    3 days

    The pyramids in Egypt were built at least 12,000 years ago. There are more pyramids underwater than there are above sea level. Do not suggest that humans have only been on this planet for 10,000 years. You lose credibility when you say that. Furthermore, taxing consumers is not the solution to manufacturing sector pollution.

  • Casey C.
    3 days

    How about you lecture the 3rd world countries this footage was from instead of us?

  • James W.
    6 days

    What do you want to do kill all humans

  • Bud H.
    7 days

    Wait for another natural disaster like a volcanic eruption or earthquake and tell me mankind humans destroy more ,when the co2 in a volcano is enormous.

  • Rob S.
    11/15/2019 03:08

    Reduce the amount of humans, but the one's left have to be "aware" lol

  • Jeanne H.
    11/14/2019 19:44

    Maddy please share with your groups love nana

  • David C.
    11/14/2019 05:23

    Did this lady just roll out of bed and turn on the camera?

  • Eric W.
    11/14/2019 02:22

    There is way too many people that think the Earth is here for humans same as every single civilization that has ever lived here we will wipe ourselves out the Earth will take back what it gave

  • Miljiri J.
    11/14/2019 01:12

    What im doing?

  • Geremy S.
    11/12/2019 12:53

    Fake made up BS. No one cares after death why worry while still alive!

  • Everardo O.
    11/12/2019 03:35

    Our own destruction in planet earth will be our own end

  • Nick C.
    11/10/2019 11:38

    You hyoomans are like parasites consuming everything in your paths and leaving nothing behind but the stench of waste, death and destruction. Furthermore, your planet is obstructing my view of Venus, therefore I must obliterate planet Earth with my cosmic disentegrator! Marvin Martian

  • Richard M.
    11/07/2019 23:09

    Earth is going to be fine we are all going to die lol

  • Larry J.
    11/07/2019 22:19

    Yea they are idiots

  • Aifili J.
    11/07/2019 00:49

    All you environmentalists, don't worry... nature will readjust and reclaim what's her's... with or without

  • Maria A.
    11/06/2019 06:03

    Así Qué no nos quegemos!!.