The Anthropocene: The beauty & the beast

Humankind is now the most powerful force on the planet. Although when it began is debated , many geologists believe we are in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene – the age of humankind.

The recent Planet Under Pressure conference commisioned a video of the Anthropocene over the past 250 years. The video comes in two versions. The version above, described as "mesmerizing," can be viewed as illustrating some of the beauty of our time.

However, the narrated version below shows the beast. Keep in mind, there are solutions.