There’s more than a touch of false pride and narcissism in the attempt to officially announce a new geological era: the anthropocene. The end of a geological era is marked by a radical discontinuity, with many extinctions. “Civilized” humans are creatures of the Holocene, the era that began when the ice melted. We may have been the agents of the next era but if that it is true we are unlikely to be part of it for very long.
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