Global-scale to manipulate and control our surroundings

Global-scale climate change caused by human intervention,
especially since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, had always
been a part of our primary and secondary level formal education. The
consumption of fossil fuels like coal, oil, etc. as our primary source of
energy, leading to the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide,
methane and nitrous oxide, causing the ‘greenhouse effect’ has been widely
accepted as one of the primary causes for climate change. The natural order of
the world has significantly been altered, and perhaps, this change is
irreversible. Although we were made aware of this new human-led age in the
history of the Earth, I was unaware of the existence of ‘Anthropocene’, as
terminology.  

We, as humans, are responsible for this shift from the
previously existing order of the world, through our proliferation,
technological advancements and their impact on our surroundings. Humans have
been trying to manipulate and control our surroundings for our own interests.
Examples of the human desire to alter nature can be seen from the small-scale
advents of clearing of land for development, boring of long, deep road tunnels
into rocky mountain terrains for vehicular transport, to proposed utopian projects
such as Atlantropa, a gargantuan project which aimed to drain out the Mediterranean
Sea from Europe, to obtain more land, creating a new continent for settlement
and farming. We, as humans, collectively must realize our role in the commencement
of this geological epoch, and act accordingly to ensure our continued survival
as a species on this earth.

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Although the desire to count time might be inherently human,
the term ‘Anthropocene’ is indeed a useful one. It signifies the departure of
the geological age of the earth into an undiscovered territory, single-handedly
caused by the actions of humans. This evokes a sense of urgency, in a time
where effective regulatory interventions are of utmost importance to ‘counter’
such a deviation. It urges the need for a deeper understanding of
human-environmental interactions, as these interactions are of utmost
importance to understand the large-scale impacts to sustainability on a global
scale.

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