Relatively recently environmentalists believe that we are stepping into a new
epoch in time preceding the Holocene, titled the Anthropocene. The transition into
this new stage of Earth is driven by humankind becoming a geologically force in the
Earth System and is said to of begun about 200 years ago at the start of the
Industrial Revolution when humanity took control over the Earth. The importance of
the Anthropocene stems from the fact that it is important to realize the Earth System
is not the same as it was two thousand years ago because humankind has changed it.
It can not be undone because we are past the tipping point of our planetary
boundaries and our actions have already made several impacts on the Earth such as
rising CO2 level, ice caps melting, greenhouse gases present in the air and global
warming. These changes to the Planet are happening at such a fast rate, and human
impact can, and needs, to be slowed down. The Anthropocene cannot be reverse but
rather the next stages of it can be for bettering the Earth System rather than
continuing to rapidly damage it.
Rachel Carson makes the point that if we don’t realize the damage we are
causing then we are going to keep doing things like this. In her book, “Silent Spring”
she looks at how substances interact in systems, in a holistic, ecological perspective.
She looks at the way things move through different levels of organization in the
Earth, which at the time was a new perspective to look at science. “The history of life
on Earth has been a history of interaction between living things and their
surroundings.” Humans are the only species of living things to alter nature. In the
most recent century, humans have contaminated the air, Earth and bodies of water
and the damage is both irreversible and irrecoverable. Carson demonstrates how we