What does anthropogenic mean?
So what does “Anthropogenic” actually mean? Anthropogenic is a scientific term often used to describe human impact on the environment. We are living in a time many people refer to as the Anthropocene. Needless to say, our species impact the physical environment in many ways: overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels, and deforestation. Changes like these have triggered climate change, soil erosion, poor air quality, and undrinkable water. Consequently, these negative impacts can affect human behaviour and can prompt mass migrations.
The last 60 years
It’s hard to believe that Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and modern humans have been around for thousands of years. In that time, we have damaged the planet, permanently altering the physical, chemical and biological systems. If we look back at the last 60 years, we can see that human impact on the environment has increased in scale. According to a recent Nasa study, carbon dioxide from human activity is increasing more than 250 times faster than it did from natural sources after the last Ice Age. Carbon dioxide emissions, global warming, ocean acidification, habitat destruction, extinction and wide scale natural resource extraction are all signs indicating we have significantly modified our planet.
Human impact on the planet
If truth be told, humans have impacted the planet in so many ways. Some might still deny it, but we are the ones to blame for the climate crisis. Climate change is real and is happening now, worryingly faster than predicted. It might not seem like it’s something to feel concerned with just now, but it ought to be. As a result of climate change, the planet continues to get warmer. According to Nasa, 2020 was the hottest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record. Rapidly increasing