Friday, October 10, 2014
Mapping the Anthropocene
Welcome to the Anthropocene explores the effect of the human race on planet Earth. This Smithsonian created Esri Story Map presents a series of maps demonstrating the influence of human activity on the planet and also explores some of the solutions being developed to try and re-shape the way we interact with the Earth.
This narrative map is in two distinct halves. The first part of the story map explores the effect of the human race on planet Earth by mapping population density, the percentage of land surface under human land management, the percentage of land given over to agriculture, the worldwide destruction of forests and animal extinction rates.
The second half of Welcome to the Anthropocene explores some of the approaches being undertaken to create a sustainable way of life on Earth in cities in the USA. These examples include bike friendly cities, the cultivation of rooftop vegetation, water desalination, green storm-water efforts and other sustainable projects.