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Dennis Dimick, “The Big View: Climate Change in the Human Age”

A narrated visual tour and provocation: For most of human existence we
survived on current sunshine – wood, water, and wind – to power society. Then
over the past few centuries we discovered fossil sunshine – coal, oil, and
natural gas – to power our lives. We now primarily rely on this ancient
sunlight, the fossilized carbon remains of ancient plants and animals, to turn
our wheels and light our world. Fossil fuels have allowed an extraordinary
expansion of our food supply, material wealth, and population. We have
transformed our finite planet – the land, seas, and atmosphere – with a
seemingly infinite expansion of our dominion over Earth. Scientists and others
have begun calling this new human-dominated era The Anthropocene, or “Age of
Man.” Worrisome trend lines from our use of fossil fuels – rising temperatures,
extreme weather, melting ice and rising seas -– indicate that our continued
conquest of Earth is at risk as wild habitats and species vanish, and the
planet is polluted and cooked from the effluent of our expanding aspirations.
We are at a turning point. Can we create a soft landing for civilization and
what will it take? How can our ingenuity, wisdom, and those same fossil fuels
build a bridge to a sustainable future powered once again primarily by
renewable current sunlight?

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