Making Connections

From what I took away from the sources I would say that I would consider accepting the Anthropocene epoch after at least a few more years or observation and discussion. To me it seems clear that the climate change that has happened over the past 300 years is on a historic level and definitely deserves to be recognized on the geological calendar. Elizabeth Kolbert in her article for National Geographic titled “Enter the Anthropocene – Age of Man” says that while there not may be rock record of the present that exists yet cities, destruction of the land, extinction and pollution are all examples of the damage done. From what we have done it would appear that this time period is the worst it’s been in millions of years. Kolbert also points out the evidence of the impending coral reef destruction and its importance in recognizing major extinctions. Therefore, I believe this era is definitely worthy of getting a spot on the geological scale down the road. 

When you feel pressure from those around you to hold certain views often you end up going with their opinions rather than sharing your own. Kahan uses the example that in a small rural town the barber wouldn’t go on supporting pro-environment legislature because if so that person would lose their business. This greatly effects our ability to come up with solutions as some people might not agree or help support solutions to our environmental issues. Dr. Cathy Whitlock uses the approach of making the need for change relevant to everyone and an investment that will pay off for them in many ways. She made complex climate science research clear and interesting to Montanan ranchers and farmers which is something that is truly amazing. Her ability to find ways to explain the benefits of climate change to get them interested is a part of the reason she and her group are so successful. I think that in order to make progress regarding climate change the gap between both sides has to be filled so everyone understands the benefits.

3 thoughts on “Making Connections”

  1. Nice post, Cameron. I also think that gathering a bit more data and making more observations may be necessary before accepting the Anthropocene as a formal geological time. I also agree that we will one day look back and see the massive destruction as historically evident, especially in regards to the high rates of extinction and pollution. I think that you addressed the issues of convincing society to believe and act on climate change well. You also showed great understanding of Cathy Whitlock’s work and philosophy. I also agree that making it clear that everybody is affected by climate change, and being able to relate the issues to people’s everyday lives. If people can discuss and comprehend the change they will see in their own lives, we are more likely to have a productive discussion on a societal, national, and global levels.

  2. I believe that more data and observations would help believing that Anthropocene is now. But there’s always that question if you wait to long it may be to late. With more information that would help people have a better understanding of what is going on. More evidence would help with that notion. I also agree with conner you showed a good understanding of what Cathy Whitlock was talking about. It helps people to understand climate change when they know how to discuss and comprehend it in a way that makes sense to them.

  3. I do think gathering more data and such would really help encourage the idea of Anthropocene. I’m not gonna lie all of the articles about Anthropocene had me rather confused, so I like your take on it. I also agree that people tend to let their opinions fade into the background when they feel like there is pressure from others to hold certain beliefs and act in a certain way. Overall, I enjoyed reading your post.

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