The Great Acceleration
Despite the Earth being around 4.5 Billion years old, modern humans have only existed for the last 200,000 years. Throughout this time, human behaviours have increasingly impacted the physical, chemical and biological systems of our planet. It is only the last 60 years, however – a period sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Acceleration’ – where man’s collective behaviour has been so dramatic, damaging and (in many cases) irreversible.
The impact of CO2 emissions, temperature rises, habitat destruction, animal extinction and natural resource extraction are all indicators that humans have altered our planet in ways that may affect the survival of future generations. And The Great Acceleration is far from slowing!