Before I started this course, I had no idea what the Anthropocene even meant. People would ask me what the course was about and I had not the slightest idea what to tell them. After doing the reading assignments and watching the videos assigned for this week, I have a much better understanding of what exactly the Anthropocene means. Although each article had some small differences in the amount of details they went into, they all have the general same concept: We have left the Holocene epoch and have entered into a new epoch, or possibly even era according to the video “Confronting the Anthropocene” with speaker Andrew Revkin, revolving around human impact on the earth.
The articles proceed to give specific facts as to why we are changing the earth, possibly not for the better. In the article “Is the Anthropocene an Issue of Stratigraphy or Pop Culture” the author speaks about how we may not be aware of how our technology and culture may be overshadowing the earth’s tectonic, climatic, and eustatic processes. The article then goes on to speak about how more proof is necessary before we abruptly end the Holocene and start a new epoch. I tend to agree with this article. I know that we are changing the environment around us by our greenhouse gases and the like, but I tend to want to see a little more proof of changes in the actual rocks. After all, the rocks in the earth are what current stratigraphers use to separate the different time periods.