Scientists concur with the immense span of rapid changes are now appearing on the Earth; therefore, many noticeably devastating impacts are on plants, animals, the planet’s natural habitats. Scientists are blaming essentially these serious findings on human activities.
“The Anthropocene: Planet Earth in the Age of Humans,” will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Our Global geologists collectively proposed a new period, named, Anthropocene, or, “Age of Man.”
Man has become the dominant geological force shaping our planet; therefore, some feel we are at the beginning of the world’s sixth great extinction.
“Although, the Earth and life on it have always been characterized by change, the current rate and scale of these changes are unparalleled by any time since the beginning of human civilization,” said John Kress, Director for the Smithsonian’s Consortia for Understanding & Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet.
“We created this symposium to harness the Smithsonian’s expertise in the fields of science, culture, history and art, and have invited the public to participate so that we can better understand today’s world.”
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, once gigantic is half destroyed. In addition, the honeybee has disappeared worldwide by 75%, a serious threat to our agricultural production of food without the bee’s pollination of crops and for all plant life. Einstein once said, “if the honeybee disappears … so do we.”
Following each of the four lectures a panel discussion will follow with experts from geology, astrophysicists, photography, paleobiology and other related fields.
The speakers are:
• Charles Mann, correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, Science & Wired magazines and author of several books, including 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
• Richard Alley, geosciences professor at Pennsylvania State University and author of “Earth: The Operators’ Manual.”
• Chris Jordan, Seattle-based artist and cultural activist
• Sabine O’Hara, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia
During the past century, scientists have recognized and documented significant shifts in our planets’ temperature, land-use and increasing biodiversity, which are unmatched over the past Millennium. These changes are occurring during a rapid social, economic, political and technological transformation.
The Smithsonian is hosting a symposium of leading experts in the fields of science, culture, history and art. The discussion with these experts are admission free to the public, but space is limited please … RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a ticket.