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Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems.
The Anthropocence concept thus includes, but also transcends, the idea of anthropogenic climate change. As of August 2016, neither the International Commission on Stratigraphy nor the International Union of Geological Sciences has yet officially approved the term as a recognized subdivision of geological time, although the Working Group on the Anthropocene (WGA) voted to formally designate the epoch Anthropocene and presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress on 29 August 2016 - wiki
Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term it was invented by Paul Crutzen, a dutch chemist who shares a Nobel Peace Price for discovering the effects of ozone-depleting compounds. Crutzen was made mention in Elizabeth Kolbert's novel The 6th Extinction an unnatural history - an absolute must read.
* I coin this book as no.1 on everyones list, go to your library or local bookstore and pick it up, if you have read it - reread it.
This really wasn't a tough decision at all. Yesterday I received a hand drawn signature of the word Stratigraphic neatly framed from a much admired photographer/ friend. What an amazing gift. I always see what I think of as really stupid sayings framed neatly for someone to buy, and give to there mom or hang in their own kitchen. This time, I thought holy shit this person in my life knows that I am really upset about our future. And this, this term is a small part of an even more important word. A word we should all know, and never forget, because we will be dealing with (maybe) the implications of the past X amount of years we as humans have destroyed blindingly and willingly to our planets (maybe) demise. And this along with everything else political is how and why my Word of the Year began.
So here is to new traditions - Word of the Year 2017 : Anthropocene