Science tells us that we are now in the geological epoch known as the Holocene. This era has lasted for 12,000 years and encompasses the rise of humanity since the last ice age. Some scientists now think we have actually entered a new era, called the Anthropocene, an era in which the world no longer shapes humanity, but in which humanity shapes the world to its own purpose and to such an extent that it will have permanent effects of the geological record of our planet.
You can’t but be in awe of the will, determination and skill it’s taken to create our modern world. At the same time, it’s hard not to gasp at the ramifications of what we’ve done, the fundamental changes we’ve made to the planet; its air, water, and land may never again be the same.