February 28th, 2011

alan - joshua tree bloom

The Anthropocene

There may be a formal name for our times: The Anthropocene, a time beginning with the Industrial Revolution when mankind began to change the environment in ways that can be measured.  Climate change induced by us is a given.   I am struck by the word mankind as I again  read how the super-rich are off-limits to taxes while the poor, especially the children, are squeezed even more.


Perhaps the two relate.  If you are arrogant and narcissistic enough to think that you can do anything to the earth on which you stand, the water you drink, and the air you breathe, then you must think you can exist without an educated and healthy populace around you, but it goes against anything that seems to make sense.  Right now I hear a neighbor's chainsaw.  A tree is coming down.   The roots in the trees on "my property" shake.