If I were to vote on the Anthropocene epoch being added to the geologic time scale, I would vote no. How much more self-centered do we need to be? It is humans who are making the model. Why do we need to be at the center of everything? I understand that we need to think of things on a global scale but changing the name of something is not necessarily going to do that. Well, maybe it will make a psychological difference and open up the discussion, it is hard to tell. The reading that most supports this is Malm. “ Climate science, politics, and discourse are constantly couched in the Anthropocene narrative: species-thinking, humanity-bashing, undifferentiated collective self-flagellation, appeal to the general population of consumers to mend their ways and other ideological pirouettes that only serve to conceal the driver.” (malm pg5) The rhetoric is entertaining and gets the point across. If people want to change then do it. Don’t just change the names of everything hoping someone else will pick up the buck.
Kahan has a good last name and a good idea. The ability to develop solutions to any problem are rooted in communicating them. When there are fundamental differences in communication, ideals, and methods of action there is no end in sight to the obstacles in the way of a solution. The idea that we need to think about the psychological implications of our actions is undoubtedly needed. Whitlock and her group did surveys and interviews to find out what the people wanted and how they wanted it. They did not want some useless book on their shelf that would never be updated and they would never read. They wanted an online database that was easy to access and share. The first step to any endeavor should be open and vast communication.