In the 4.6 billion years of our Earth’s history, humans are
just a blip. We have been here for nearly six million years and during this
period, we have made an impact that cannot go unnoticed. We have changed the
entire outlook of our planet. The impact is so great that the scientists have
given this era its own name, the “Anthropocene” or “The Age of the Humans”. But
the question is, “have we already entered this era?” or is it something that is
yet to come.
Our planet is changing. Mankind has to admit it and those of
us who have turned a blind eye to this major issue are adopting the flat earth
attitude. Those of us who deny climate change are probably the descendants of
those who believed that the earth was flat, making the same mistakes our
ancestors did. Human and human force is the largest geographical force that
exists. There are two schools of thought, one of these believe that we are
currently living in the Holocene that actually began more than eleven thousand
years ago whereas the other believes that we have already entered the
Observing the impact of our existence, the Anthropocene has
begun but where to draw the line? Did it begin today when the humans are near
the epitome of technological innovation or about forty thousand years ago when
our ancestors started killing off mammals and vertebrates? For centuries,
mankind considered nature inferior to them little did we know that our
environment will force us to adapt in a number of ways else be a vital cause to
We are living in an interglacial period with high
temperatures and rising sea levels. Mankind is artificially prolonging this
period until the next ice age and for this reason it is being called the age of
There have been positive outcomes of global warming as well.
Due to increased temperatures, masses of ice have now melted making it possible
to grow fruits and vegetables. Greenland can now grow its own food and extract
uranium, paving way for foreign investment as a means of improving its economy.
Mother nature always maintains balance, new life in this region is causing extermination
in coastal areas drowning them and the hopes of those who inhabit it.
Seeing another colour of this beautifully flawed picture, we
see how mother nature is affecting fertility in mothers whether it is a human
being or an animal. Viewing this crisis from a feminist lens and through a
woman’s lens, we see that a lot of creatures are having trouble with fertility.
The whole world is having a fertility crisis right now. The saddest part is
that leatherback turtles bury their eggs in the sand but due to global warming
the sand is getting so hot that eggs are cooking. A specie as old as the dinosaurs
now has to see the demise of its young ones. This is how extinction occurs.
Barlett gives the example of a beaker. With a single
bacterium in it, the one that divides and doubles every minute. If you place
the first bacterium into the beaker at eleven o’clock and it is completely full
by twelve, at what time is the beaker still only half full? It is at eleven fifty-nine.
That’s what time it is for us. In forty years, we will be fighting for our
rights and we will fail for this is time mankind will not be able to find a
solution and adapt.
Our numbers are increasing exponentially. The earth’s
population took about a hundred thousand years to reach a billion and today we
are nearly at eight billion. Feeding this number is not easy and because of
this, we have started perfecting nature. Today, mankind has fast forwarded time
growing crops vegetables in about three weeks. Scientists are finding ways to
eradicate diseases that destroy crops. Work is being done to strengthen plant
immunity to help them fight against infestation. It is interesting to note that
there exists a “Global Seed Vault” high up in the north of Norway. The seed
vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity. It
is an attempt to ensure against the loss of seeds in other genebanks during
large-scale regional or global
crises. Mankind seems to be prepared to an
extent as it has a vague idea of what lies ahead yet it is not taking
considerate measures to save this planet from the dark days that lie ahead.
era, we are striving to find something. It is like setting sail and finding a
new continent but will we be able to find land or will the vastness of the
ocean consume us and be the end of our kind? We tend to protect what we love.
Perhaps our love for this planet and our kind is not enough to get us to our
feet and come together as one for saving them.