Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth – By Chris Hedges

Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth

On the the dawn of the Anthropocene and how humanity has engineered our own march toward collective suicide

“The question is are we smart enough to deal with the effects of our own power?” (Photo: Sanmonku)

The spectacular rise of human civilization—its agrarian societies, cities, states, empires and industrial and technological advances ranging from irrigation and the use of metals to nuclear fusion—took place during the last 10,000 years, after the last ice age. Much of North America was buried, before the ice retreated, under sheets eight times the height of the Empire State Building.

This tiny span of time on a planet that is 4.5 billion years old is known as the Holocene Age. It now appears to be coming to an end with the refusal of our species to significantly curb the carbon emissions and pollutants that might cause human extinction. The human-induced change to the ecosystem, at least for many thousands of years, will probably make the biosphere inhospitable to most forms of life.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I don’t think that we humans fully realize our present reality.

  • Cyril Persaud  On August 21, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Hogwash – Hello Al Gore

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