Dawn of the Anthropocene: Overview


Event: Peoples’ Climate March, New York City, 2014

The title Dawn of the Anthropocene comes from Nobel prize scientist Paul Crutzen’s term for the increasing power of humanity on the Earth’s systems. In his and other scientists’ view, the world has entered an age where the impact of humans is as great, if not greater, than nature’s.

The sculpture of The Future weighing 2,500 pounds lasted 13 hours before disappearing. As the distant future collapsed into the present, the disquiet grew – climate change endangers not just other life forms and the future of civilization, but that the very planet is in the midst of evaporating away.

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