This blog is about the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene concept argues that humanity has flung our planet out of the Holocene and into an entirely new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The idea has bubbled around for a few decades and more. But only recently has it has gained significant scientific credibility. Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer first penned an article on the subject in 2000. The article appeared in the IGBP newsletter, Global Change.
This blog will discuss how the Anthropocene is unfolding. And what it means to live in this time. It will also talk about working within the scientific community as we attempt to define and understand the Anthropocene and what it means for our future. Moreover, I want to observe and comment on the great political events, the digital revolution and other global phenomena related to this newly networked society we live in.
I am Owen Gaffney. I am a writer. I founded the anthropocene.info website, the first educational website dedicated to the Anthropocene and produced and directed the short film, Welcome to the Anthropocene, with Felix Pharand Deschenes. I have a degree in Astronautic and Aeronautic Engineering and post-graduate qualifications in journalism and film production.
I am Director of Communications at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm. I am the former editor of the award-winning magazine Planet Earth and in 2008 I set up the website Planet Earth Online.
This is a personal blog representing the author’s personal views not the views of IGBP or any other organization.
All images are fully credited and permissions granted where possible. If there are any issues with permissions or rights infringements contact me and I will remove the image.
TEDx Stockholm Welcome to the Anthropocene (May 2013) Link coming soon.
Future Earth Climate Change: the state of the science (September 2013)