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Submitted as: esd ideas 11 Nov 2019

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ESD Ideas: It is not an Anthropocene; it is really the Technocene: names matter in decision making under Planetary Crisis

Oliver López-Corona1,2 and Gustavo Magallanes-Guijón3,4 Oliver López-Corona and Gustavo Magallanes-Guijón
  • 1Cátedras CONACyT, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), CDMX, México
  • 2Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad (C3), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CDMX, México
  • 3Posgrado en Astrofísica, Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CDMX, México
  • 4Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CDMX, México

Abstract. We do not understand what we see but see what we understand. Words shape the comprehension of our environment and set the space of possibilities we can access when decision making. Inhere we make the case for the use of Technocene instead of Anthropocene using well-grounded arguments in basic scientific principles. We already know that the Earth system has co-evolved with life phenomena (i.e. the evolution of atmosphere chemistry). What the Technocene idea makes clear is that as modern human societies exhibit an enormous coupling with technology and for the first time in human history that technology has the potential to modify the very core processes that drive Earth System dynamics, then Technology most be considered as a new dimension of analysis in the study of Earth system in its co-evolution with life and particularly human beings.

Oliver López-Corona and Gustavo Magallanes-Guijón
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What the Technocene idea makes clear is that as modern human societies exhibit an enormous coupling with technology and for the first time in human history that technology has the potential to modify the very core processes that drive Earth System dynamics, then Technology most be considered as a new dimension of analysis in the study of Earth system in its co-evolution with life and particularly human beings.
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