A Planet Transformed by Humanity’s Rapid Spread

By: Chris Richardson - April 27, 2012

Welcome to the Anthropocene is an incredibly revealing short movie detailing humanity’s spread across the globe since the Industrial Revolution began. The video, created by Globaia.org, is essentially a visualization of man’s migratory patters in a post-industrial world, and after watching the educational, moving, and, to a degree, frightening short film, it’s hard not be a little shaken at how much one species can do in less than 300 years.

From the movie’s description:

A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions.

As for the video, it’s an impressive simulation, a time-lapse if you will, beyond that, however, there’s a definite sense of foreboding. It’s almost like a story of extinction is being told. Perhaps that’s the zombie movie lover in me, but if that doesn’t look like a simulation of how rapidly a virus can spread, and/or, how quickly the zombie scourge spread as the outbreak went global, then you’ll have to excuse my overactive imagination.

The video in question, beginning with the non-narrated version. I recommend watching this one first:

If, however, you’re not too sure about what’s going on, here’s a narrated version:


For those who are completely in the dark, Wikipedia defines the Anthropocene as:

a recent and informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems.

Perhaps that explains the apocalyptic feel the video has.

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