Welcome to the Anthropocene, (or Welcome to my Nightmare.)

A conference in London is currently discussing the theme, “Planet Under Pressure” which began today (26th March) and ends on 29th March.            http://view6.workcast.net/?pak=8051301437434580&cpak=5876441157257134

The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference, in June 2012. To set the scene, the conference organisers have produced a short called “Welcome to the Anthropocene”. Speaking on ‘Sustainable food systems for food security’, Marianne Banziger, a scientist at the CGIAR maize and wheat centre (CIMMYT), began with a bald statistic:

To meet the food security challenges converging over the next 50 years, she said, we will have to produce as much food as has been consumed over the entire history of humankind.

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

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