FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Northern Alaska Environmental Center hosted the first of a series of lectures at the Noel Wien Library last night.
The presentation was called "The Anthropocene Our Conservation Paradigm for the Future."
Roger Kaye, from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, gave a presentation about a new era in Earth's history, defined by the term 'Anthropocene.'
According to Kaye, Anthropocene refers to the present time, in which humans have become a greater geological force than ever before.
In his presentation, Kaye spoke about how the Anthropocene era is a framework for understanding, communicating, and addressing the profound global changes humans face.
Some of his examples revolved around the state of Alaska itself, and what efforts might be needed to help preserve the land and water.
Kaye says this period on earth now depends solely on the existence and actions of humans.
Roger Kaye; Wilderness Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service>>"The Anthropocene perspective is simply that humans are a much larger force in the operation of the planet will become so in the future. And we need to be recognizing that. We need to be proactive in planning and preparing for the changes that we bringing about now. One thing I focused on was the conservation units, the national parks, refuges, and so on of Alaska. And the fact that they will need to reconsider some of their purposes and some of their functions in the Anthropocene as things change and purposes for refuges and parks may become obsolete in some ways in the future."