The Anthropocene Institute is an incubator for technologies, policies, and market mechanisms to address global environmental challenges: climate change, biological diversity, and sustainability. We strive for a common global culture of innovation to address the inter-related socio-economic, ecological, developmental, and ethical challenges that humanity faces. The Anthropocene Institute provides due diligence to an investor pool in the broad program areas of One Cent Energy, Ocean Conservation, Food & Water, and Institutional Capacity Building.
Collective global action that matches the scale and urgency of the human, ecological and economic crises facing the world today is critically needed. The private sector, together with government at all levels and the scientific community, must work together to deploy innovative solutions that transform the world’s carbon-intensive economies into sustainable and equitable systems. The Anthropocene Institute is the enabler of these innovations.
Welcome to the Human Age, the Anthropocene
Beginning in 2000, ‘Anthropocene’ was established as a new term describing the current geologic era, in which human civilization is recognized as the dominant force shaping the Earth’s geology. The use of energy from fossil fuels, which limits today’s levels of human development, lies at the root of global climate change, which is occurring and rapidly changing the Earth. We are experiencing rising global temperatures, which are altering weather patterns in damaging ways. They are causing an increase in the frequency and severity of droughts, floods, and other natural disasters, destroying cities and displacing millions. This is the picture that is all too often painted to describe our future. The Anthropocene is also characterized by the depletion of the planet’s resources, pollution, and collapse of its ecosystems, which are the consequences of unsustainable practices.
Some of us have seen the environment collapse with our own eyes. With human ingenuity and awareness, we can still change the trajectory of the planet to a survivable path.
Global temperatures are at their highest in 100,000 years with 95% of scientists agreeing that the temperature rise is caused by anthropogenic activities, primarily through energy use and land-use change.
Air pollution associated with fossil fuel based energy kills over 7 million per year (WHO), including 600,000 infants (UNICEF).
Anthropogenic activities are altering the global water system through irrigation, damming, and climate change. With 48,000 large dams worldwide, many rivers no longer reach the sea.
Half of global wetlands have been drained. Land the size of South America is used to agriculture while the area the size of Africa is used for livestock.
Humans move more earth each year than do natural processes, including erosion and rivers.
In the last hundred years, rising carbon dioxide from human activities has lowered ocean pH by 0.1 unit, an acidification rate at least 10 times faster than 56 million years ago (IGBP). The IPCC predicts that the pH will fall another 0.2 units by 2100.
The climate problem cannot be solved by a single technology, by science, or an individual country alone. International collaboration in the areas of science and technology are necessary.
The scientific community’s consensus that a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are needed, with a target of 400 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere.
All available low-carbon technologies to avert climate change will be needed, including renewable energy, nuclear energy, and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).
I belong to those theoreticians who know by direct observation what it means to make a measurement. Methinks it were better if there were more of them. ~Edwin Schrödinger