The International Commission on Stratigraphy is voting on whether or not to add the Anthropocene epoch to the geological time scale. If I had a vote on this decision I would vote yes to add it. Humans have made such a large impact on the earth throughout our history, but nothing compares to what we have done since the industrial revolution. It is well documented that humans can have an impact on the earth. It is estimated that humans thwarted another ice age 5,000-8,000 years ago simply because of some deforestation. (Steffen 615.) Now, fast forward to the industrial revolution where we became incredibly reliant on new machines and technologies. These new machines put an incredible amount of CO2 in the atmosphere which is very rapidly changing earth’s climate. If humans could alter the course of earths’ climate thousands of years ago by cutting down trees imagine the changes earth is going to go through post industrial revolution and through to the future. If I had to choose when this epoch is, I would either say at the start of in the industrial revolution in the mid to late 19th century, or post world war II. I would choose these because the industrial revolution is when it all started and after world war II is when all these new machines and technologies took off for all people around the world.
According to Dan Kahan, people can’t agree on climate science because people generally do what their peers do. This means that people generally will not have a differing opinion from what people in their immediate culture think. An example that he uses is that a local store owner in South Carolina won’t make people sign a petition on climate change because it is not a norm in their culture to think this way.