Welcome to the Anthropocene


The Anthropocene is a recent and informal geologic term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. The term was coined by ecologist Eugene F. Stoermer but has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen.

A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.

The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions.



Listening Comprehension:

Please watch the video and answer as many questions as possible:


1. When does the latest chapter of our story begin? and Where?

2. What happened then?

3. Complete the expression – “It spread like _________________”

4. What connected people across the globe?

5. What saved millions of lives?

6. What did the 1950’s mark?

7. Name 3 things help to fuel enormous growth?

8. Health, Wealth, security, longevity  – “Never has so many had ______ _______”

9. How many people are malnourished?

10. How much of earth’s land do we manage?

11. When was the last time we saw similar Green House Gas Levels?

12. What did we do to the Ozone layer?

13. What are we loosing?

14. Complete the sentence – “Ocean acidification is a real ___________”

15. Complete the sentence – ” We are altering earth’s ___________ ___________”.


We have entered the Anthropocene. A new geological epic dominated by humanity. 

This relentless pressure on our planet risks unprecedented destabilisation. 


16. What human characterises offer hope?

17. What does she say about “As the population reaches 9Billion”


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