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.