Our planet has experienced billions years of evolution. Naturally, disregarding human existence, the earth would still have evolved and transformed. It can be seen through climate change records that our existence has exponentially boosted earth’s systematic changes. We have taken over the majority of the planet and in our own technological advances have began to poison the planet. As said in the lecture, in the grand scheme of geologic time, human existence is miniscule. However, graphs show that our influences have been much greater. It is easy for us to assume that our planet’s decay won’t happen within our lifetime, however, what we do now will greatly impact future generations. As one individual in a world of over 7 billion people it is easy to think that what I do does not really matter. This needs to change because this is our home and we are destroying it. The Anthropocene feature focuses on the scale of human’s impact on nature. But how can our impact be so definitive? What separates this concept of geologic human time from the Holocene epoch? The answer is clear in all aspects of our ever-changing environment. Due to human existence our planet has undergone major alterations to our atmosphere, mass extinctions of many plants and animals, and increased overall temperatures – all of this happening NOT according to the projected natural scale. As mentioned in lecture, the golden/brass spikes are placed in the earth to pinpoint the major geologic time boundaries formed in the earth. These markers indicate the start date of our current epoch (the Anthropocene) based on the earth’s stratigraphy. These places show variances within the earth’s strata due to human existence. For example, the harnessing of fire lead to more advanced developments such as agriculture leading to transportation and more technology use. These advancements not only change the land in which we have taken over, but they can be marked in the strata from the biological and chemical changes caused over time. We have all been made aware of the rise in CO2 levels within our atmosphere. This change is directly correlated to the biggest exponential increase our earth has ever seen during the industrial revolution. This alone indicates how much humans have effect the planet and creates a more definitive map of our current Anthropocenic time. On a micro-scale the “tiny giants” dramatically effect the planet, just like how we as humans have noticeably impacted the planet on a larger scale. Whether we like it or not, we are the Anthropocene. We are the species who changed the direction of the life of our planet. It encompasses all that we have changed since the beginning of human time, and, according to extensive research on the matter: we have changed a lot and it will be one formidable task to reverse what we have already so consciously disrupted.