The Anthropocene, as defined by Will Steffen, is “the current epoch in which humans and our societies have become a global geophysical force” and is a driving force behind the earth’s warming climate (Steffen 1). Although it isn’t formally accepted yet, I would accept adding this new epoch to the geological calendar. While the rock record needed for analyzing this proposed Anthropocene doesn’t exist yet, as illustrated by Jan Zalasiewicz, the results will soon be seen through our “building cities… [creating] fertilizer factories, [and] the leveling of the world’s forests” which will all soon show the Anthropocene epoch is a real era (Kolbert). Also, I believe that the Anthropocene epoch should begin now, since humans have been contributing to rising carbon levels in the atmosphere for decades. Put in more concise language, by Mark Williams: “Do we decide the Anthropocene’s here, or do we wait 20 years [when] things will be even worse?” (Kolbert), showing the Anthropocene needs to be accepted now.
Much like we saw in the “Why do Reasonable People Doubt Science?”, Kahan’s argument of people not wanting to go against their social/political groups are very similar. This affects our ability to remedy climate change because anytime something is labeled as a climate change solution, it will be met with opposition even when conversation is direly needed. Kathy Whitlock addresses this problem by taking a simplistic approach with Montanans and showing them the direct effects of a changing climate, like the more frequent floods on the Musselshell river. I also believe this simplistic approach would encourage conversations between different people about climate change. If more people understood how simply put, greenhouse gasses absorb more heat in the atmosphere thus causing the climate to get warmer, they’d be more willing to discuss it and how to prevent it.