The Anthropocene is a fitting name and needs to be accepted as the new epoch. The new era should be established at the beginning of the industrial revolution because the era was the beginning of a massive human use of coal and other fossil fuels for energy. (Steffen, 616, 617). People had impacted the environment before the industrial revolution, but humans have had the help of machines in harming the environment ever since, partly because those machines can produce a large amount of energy, which also brings capital to the owners and companies. Humans today still use coal for energy production, which is why all humans today are still contributing to the harm that is the Anthropocene. (Kolbert, 2-4).
I think that Kahan makes a great point. How would remote villages and towns get enough information on the overall effect on the environment by humans? Even if the remote villages had decent information, those people may not care or think that they are harming the environment since their local population is so small. People’s beliefs in politics or just community values like mining could effect some views on climate change. Dr. Whitlock made climate change seem less scary by phrasing it “changing climate” and presented the climate effects locally because those effects are more visible and may cause people to care about their immediate surroundings more than the ones across the world. I think that all people should care about their immediate environment, and of course the world, because if all humans care for their local environment, then the world environment will become cleaner. People should talk about climate change in a friendly, but serious manner because the effects are noticeable for everyone, despite differing views, and because humans are running out of time to change.