Documentary highlights how humans created an artificial planet Earth

The impact humans have had on planet Earth and how we have created an ‘artificial' planet will be explored in a new documentary by an award-winning journalist featuring Professor Jan Zalasiewicz (pictured) from the Department of Geology.

Anthropocene, which saw its world premiere at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival on 7 November 2015, sees Professor Zalasiewicz and other geologists discussing how humanity has created a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene - and how it could threaten the very existence of mankind.

The film is directed by Emmy award-winning British journalist Steve Bradshaw and is the first documentary film to cover the Anthropocene, exploring how humans are driving the emerging geology of planet Earth.

The story of the Anthropocene is told through the words of scientists involved in analysing the new concept and is illustrated with a large range of historical film material documenting the changes in the last century.

Anthropocene had its world premiere at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival in early November, with further screenings on 10 and 14 November.

The film will also be showing in the University's Bennett Building on Thursday 3 December between 6pm – 8pm.

The trailer for Anthropocene can be viewed here:

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