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Anthropocene, an era, an era, the one we are living in now and which, from the prefix of this term, you can guess, sees man at the center. In a good way but above all bad because planet Earth is not doing very well since we humans have taken the reins of many processes previously regulated by mother nature.
The period that we can define with this term is the one still in progress: the anthropocene is the geological era characterized by a hegemony of the human being which, with its activities, causes numerous territorial, structural and climatic changes.
It was a geologist, a Italian geologist, in 1873, to propose to baptize the era in which we have lived, for centuries, with a term that explicitly declared, indeed, denounced, the responsibilities we have in what the Earth undergoes.
This geologist was Antonio Stoppani, in one of his writings he defined human activity as a new telluric force by proposing instead of anthropocene, the term "Anthropozoic era". Other scientists have taken inspiration from Stoppani, continuing to operate and spread the idea of a world, today, in which human beings are influencing a lot. Even too much.
To coin the term Anthropocene it was many years later, in the eighties of the last century, a biologist, Eugene Stoermer, then in 2000 the Nobel Prize for chemistry Paul Crutzen he used it in the title of his "Welcome to the Anthropocene".
The term chosen, after many decades, to empower humanity, comes from the Greek anthropos, it was obviously a choice to indicate the impact that Homo sapiens has on the balance of the planet. Today some experts would also like to use the same term to characterize the actual period from a geological point of view, after having made precise stratigraphic considerations.
Self the anthropocene will last a long time, you could risk extinction. It is not one of the many end-of-year prophecies that some mediums invent, the numbers say so when they photograph what has happened in the last century, projecting a similar trend into the next.
Today we live on only one Planet but we are globally using resources that are equivalent to 1.6 planets in terms of goods and services used each year. We are hungry and to produce food, in general, we allow ourselves to destroy them habitat, exploiting wildlife in an unsustainable way. In an unsustainable way, translated, it means approaching extinction. Certainly not our generation, but those to come yes, so much so that now not only white flies but the whole scientific community stresses the need for a transition to a different model.
Anthropocene: MAT museum
To carry on, disseminate and deepen the idea of anthropocene today there is Frank Raes, a physicist of the atmosphere who sees man-made disasters every day and certainly has become aware of them much more than others, before others.
This scientist is a truly multifaceted character, multifaceted, undoubtedly powerful. I was lucky and pleased to attend his speach at the recent edition of TedX at Lake Como, in Cernobbio, in November 2017, and listening to it for 15 minutes thrilled me.
Among the initiatives it carries out to shake consciences, there is this MAT, the Museum of Anthropocene Technology. It is a place where the inventions that man has made and that are influencing the fate of the Earth and those who live there are preserved with irony and wisdom. Not only man, but also many other creatures who suffer the consequences of our actions.
Frank explains this project well, I suggest you listen to it on video, looking for it on the website TEDx Como Lake.
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