I would indeed agree with the creation of the Anthropocene era to describe the impact that our species has had on the planet. There is no doubt that human interaction with the environment since our existence on the planet, namely the in the most in the last few hundred years, has shifted it permanently. We’ve already caused some species to go extinct. Our use of coal and consumption of natural resources has a drastic, measurable effect on the environment that cannot just be traced to one group as we are all culpable (Malm, 4).We have contributed the most energy into a planet’s system by our industrial activities. Our activities have shifted the Earth’s surface so much that it will be highly visible in future sediment layers, and soil analyses showing our impact on soil and atmosphere will tell of our presence (Kolbert, 2). Mass infrastructure-building, deforestation, and other activities have left their mark geologically and archeologically (Kolbert, 3). Readings of show a sharp, exponential increase in population, water and resource usage after 1945 (Steffen, 5), marking what would be considered the second stage of the Anthropocene. This would definitely cement the idea that we need a timescale to distinguish Humanity’s presence on the planet.
As for climate change, we easily give into peer pressure, and if it’s the wrong kind of peer pressure we are liable to make bad decisions. We’ve got an issue with communicating, and it requires psychology and anthropology in addition to science in order to get to people (Kahan). I don’t really believe cultural values are an excuse: usually ‘culture’ is used as a defense to shield against some pretty immoral value people hold, and I do believe there are some activities humans do (child marriage, female genital mutilation, the caste system, the list goes on) that should not be defended in any way. Denying climate change is one of them as it threatens us all. The most difficult thing about combating climate change is first convincing people that it’s actually a problem. Doing that for our current heads of government and the members of the party they follow is typically going to be difficult if outright impossible. As a society we need to be open-minded and constantly re-evaluate what we believe, even things that we think are obviously true to us and fact. We need to be patient with people, and we need to make our appeals with logic and reasoning. Politics most of all should be left out of it as it always creates a tribal mentality.