"Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world." - Rachel Carson
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).