Through an illustrated/animated children’s publication, I aim to emphasise and raise awareness to the consequences of human choices on planet Earth and how they will determine the future of our species and the planet.
Has humanity permanently changed the planet?
This simple question has sparked a new battle between geologists and environmental advocates over what to call the time period we currently live in. Officially, we are in the Holocene epoch, which began 11,700 years ago after the last major ice age. Though experts argue that this label is outdated and that we now live in the “Anthropocene”.
The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch that begun when human activity started to have a significant global impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems 250 years ago. Humanity has caused mass extinctions of plant and animal species, polluted the oceans and altered the atmosphere, amongst other lasting impacts, which have altered the planet in multiple ways.
The Anthropocene signifies a unique moment in time where humanity will ultimately decide its fate as a species. The Anthropocene will either be remembered as the moment humans begun their journey to destabilising the planet and destroying life as we know it, or it will be known as the moment when humanity took responsibility for their actions and started to take care of the Earth.
The next generation will be the ones to truly determine the future of our planet, which is why it is so important to educate them about these issues from a young age.
The book is divided into three sections, the past, the present, and the potential future. The book shows the same landscapes throughout time, and shows humanities impact on the planet. In the final section 'The Future?' I present two visions of what the world will look like, one a positive view of how our planet could look if humans live in harmony with nature. The other, a dark view of the future, which is in fact our current path based on real statistics and predictions, which are explained in the back of the book.