Human Destiny in the Anthropocene

By Clive Hamilton

Un personnage est englouti dans les mâchoires de la Terre. (Codex Laud, Mexique Ancien)

In all previous instances, transitions from one division to the next in the geological time scale came about because the great forces of Nature came together in a particular way, but always unconsciously and unintentionally. In the Anthropocene, the “human imprint on the global environment has now become so large and active that it rivals some of the great forces of Nature in its impact on the functioning of the Earth system”. Unlike geological forces such as weathering, volcanism, asteroid strike, subduction and solar fluxes, this new “force of Nature” is radically distinct¾it contains the element of volition. It expresses will.

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