What is the Anthropocene and why does it matter?
26 November 2019
We are living in the age of humans.
We are living in the age of humans, a time referred to by many as the Anthropocene. Our species has caused huge changes on our planet, including global warming, ocean acidification, and habitat destruction.
Earth's ecology is in a critical state. But we have the tools to understand what is happening, and what needs to be done. Find out what the Museum is doing to create a sustainable future and what you can do to help.
Plastics have permeated almost every part of our planet, including uninhabited islands and the deepest parts of the ocean. Find out the effect plastic has on nature and us.
More and more animals and plants face extinction. Without them, Earth's precious balance could be upset.
Biodiversity means the variety of all life on Earth, and humans rely on it to survive. Find out more about what biodiversity means, and why it is under threat.
How you can help
Small changes add up to big differences. Discover what you can do.
Scientists use our collection of 80 million specimens to understand more about climate change and biodiversity loss.
Hope for the future
Hope isn't lost. If we all work together, we can help our planet recover.