From Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier comes a film titled Anthropocene.
The Holocene epoch started 11,700 years ago as the glaciers of the last ice age receded. Geologists and other scientists from the Anthropocene Working Group believe that we have left the Holocene and entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. Their argument is that humans have become the single most defining force on the planet and that the evidence for this is overwhelming. Terraforming of the earth through mining, urbanization, industrialization and agriculture; the proliferation of dams and diverting of waterways; CO2 and acidification of oceans due to climate change; the pervasive presence around the globe of plastics, concrete, and other technofossils; unprecedented rates of deforestation and extinction: these human incursions, they argue, are so massive in scope that they have already entered, and will endure in, geological time.
The film is one part of a much larger project documenting the human epoch. The full prject will include a book of photography from Burtynsky, a traveling museum exhibition, interactive VR & AR experiences, and an educational program.
The film will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.