Traer Vs Anthropocene

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It is evident since the advent of agriculture that human interaction has drastically altered the face of the earth. There is no doubt that human interaction is applying more and more pressure to the planet and to us humans as well, it is not only an issue of climate change. Drastic climate change can alter the world as we know it. Natural wonders, feats of humankind, and almost all infrastructure is threatened by the era we live in. In the modern age, we spend a great amount of time dedicated to discover the scope of the change humans have caused unto the Earth, it allows people to study patterns and possibilities while making observations. Individuals are trying more and more ways to inform society of the Anthropocene and suggesting that …show more content…

Osborne and Traer, both PHD-seeking students at Stanford, developed courses over the Anthropocene and created the Generation Anthropocene podcast. Traer explains, “With the Permian [era], we see that when geological forces destabilize, you can get something like a mass extinction. While in the Cambrian, we see when these force stabilize…life thrives.” Traer reveals the tremendous impact the geological forces may have by explaining how two different time periods were affected by two different forces with contrasting outcomes. The question is what kind of force are we? Humans were able to thrive because we were able to settle down into communities. Now, we are a globalized society that are involved in various trades, diplomacies, and wars. Not only do we live together, we fight together, and we change the earth’s ecosystem together. Are we able to enjoy stability, while climate change seemingly continues to accelerate? Scholar and intellectual Roy Scranton wrote a blog based on the idea of the Anthropocene in “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene.” His piece describes his experience in Iraq and how it relates to the Anthropocene. He concludes that the chaos he saw in Iraq is strangely similar to the events following Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster that destroyed …show more content…

. Both believe that society must view the future differently than as perceived. Scranton makes it emphatically clear that society needs to focus on how to adapt to the present and suggests that, “If we (humanity) want to learn to live in the Anthropocene, we must first learn how to die.” This statement by Scranton stresses that society must turn away from preconceived notions about the era that we live in. Humanity witnesses global climate change but somehow remains to do little in comparison to the grand scope of the geological force that humans have formed. Osborne and Traer similarly go on to say that when we put on our Anthropocene goggles, we can see that humans compose a powerful geological force. This reinforces the idea that humanity does not understand reality. If we learn how to die, if we learn how to live, or if we put on our Anthropocene goggles, then society will be able to begin to learn how to adapt. It is easy to not think about what will happen, to us or to others. It is vital that society must truly understand the extent of human interaction, more so the geological force that we have evolved too. It will prevent a world of instability and chaos, but also a world where

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