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Published: July 9, 2012

State of the planet film opens Rio+20 conference

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The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) opened with a visually spectacular animated film on the state of the planet. The film, which followed the opening remarks by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, encapsulates 20 years of IGBP research and was produced by IGBP and Globaïa. It is part of the website, Anthropocene.info, which is co-sponsored by IGBP and several partners.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) opened with a visually spectacular animated film on the state of the planet. The film, which followed the opening remarks by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, encapsulates 20 years of IGBP research and was produced by IGBP and Globaïa. It is part of the website, Anthropocene.info, which is co-sponsored by IGBP and several partners.

The Welcome to the Anthropocene  film is a three-minute blast through the last few centuries of Earth’s history, starting in 1750 and finishing at the Rio+20 Summit (20-22 June 2012).  It graphically depicts how one species has transformed Earth and shows why many scientists now say we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

The data visualization demonstrates that while we have had a dramatic impact on Earth for many thousands of years, it has only been since the 1950s we have grown into a colossal global force.

Anthropocene.info is co-sponsored by IGBP, Globaïa, CSIRO, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.

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