With its melding of human and geological histories, the Anthropocene necessitates a
revised conception of the human, of various ontological distinctions and their
attendant ethics. As environmental disasters loom uncannily within our familiar,
domestic foreground, we are forced to think of ourselves as a species, with, as
Margaret Ronda puts it, shared ‘anthropogenic agency’; likewise, the ‘human race’
becomes ‘a nonhuman geophysical force’, as our physical actions resound on
planetary levels (2014: 103).
"The making materials of today become the mined resources of tomorrow. Plastics are written into the fossil record. Industrial waste streams decay into intriguing new substances. We have entered the Anthropocene era – a new geological age where human making has realigned the processes of nature, forever blurring the boundaries between the natural and the man-made."