Welcome to the Anthropocene
About this video
A three-minute journey through 250 years of history.
This short animation outlines the story of how a single species changed the face of the Earth in as little as 250 years. That species was us.
Many scientists are now in agreement that we’ve entered a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Characterised by environmental changes driven by human activity the epoch commenced around the time of the first industrial revolution, in the late 18th century.
The video has been produced for a new online initiative called 'Welcome to the Anthropocene' – a collaborative project being run by researchers and communicators that aims to improve our ‘collective understanding of the Earth system’. The online project combines high-level scientific data with visualisations to help communicate the global geological and environmental impacts of human behaviour over the last 250 years.