3. What does the term Anthropocene mean?
Anthropocene is a compound word that comes from the Greek, “anthropos”, human being, and “kainos”, new. It has also been called the “Age of humans”. It is a name that is intended to be assigned to a new epoch, successor to the Holocene, the time in which we live. The Anthropocene is a name coined in 2000 by Paul Crutzen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to mark the epoch in which human activities began to cause biological and geophysical changes on a planetary scale. The term Anthropocene has not yet been accepted for not complying with the traditional nomenclature of stratigraphy, a methodology used by geology to establish the change from one geological epoch to another.