I don’t think I’m the first one to admit, but before I started reading the first round of materials I had no idea what Anthropocene was! Sadly, I didn’t quite get how we are divided into different “geological periods” and how ours could currently be changing. I must also admit that I just finished Dr. Leyba’s Earth and Space Science course where he made a statement that we didn’t have much to worry about in terms of changing our planet drastically. However, after finishing these readings I’m getting a very different kind of impression. At this point I’m still erring on the side of caution because many of these authors could possibly just be trying a scare tactic to make people realize that in the future, our current treatment of the planet will hurt us. One thing was missing for me though; how far in the future will this start affecting us? What sort of timeline do humans have before the ocean turns so acidic that it starts hurting life inside it? When will the majority of species be extinct? I’m still remaining open minded don’t get me wrong here, but I feel like I need to be convinced more at this point. I think human tendency is to not pay attention to these kinds of things until it gets really bad, so my question still remains how much time do we have? Unfortunately in today’s world it seems that knowing when something will happen is the only way to get people’s attention. Our planet and solar system are billions of years old (yes a theology major says that it didn’t not factually take seven days to create Earth) and it is only in a short period of its cycle so I think us “non-science” folk should remain optimistic until we can get more information.
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