Watch 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 is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by
The so-called Anthropocene is unofficially the current geological period which began when human activity started to have a major effect on the global environment. A relatively new concept, its advocates believe that it is necessary to mark a break with the current official period, the Holocene, in order to acknowledge humankind’s profound disturbance to the earth which is recognised as having begun during the Industrial Revolution. However, the term Anthropocene has only been recently used to describe a new period in the geological timeline and there has yet to be consensus on when the period began or whether it actually exists.