antropo_IAGETH_geoethicsNew initiative of the commission on Geoethics and the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch that begins when human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s ecosystems (Borenstein, 2014).

In accordance with The Encyclopedy of EarthThe Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. The word combines the root «anthropo», meaning «human» with the root «-cene», the standard suffix for «epoch» in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.

Most issues related to the scientific study and social-cultural implications in Earth and Planetary Sciences, concerning the Anthropocene require a geoethical approach. Thus, the last 27 July 2013, the International Association for Geoethics (IAGETH) established the First International Commission on Geoethics and the Anthropocene (ICGA).

Now, this international commission is present in facebook. In a first stage, this facebook site will be used as a repository of information, which will be free and open to anyone (papers, books, blogs, audio-visual material, etc). In addition, all facebook posts will automatically be redirected to the official site of the commission in the IAGETH website.

IAGETH encourages you to cooperate with us sending us any information that you consider should be included.

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