98 pages 3 hours read

John Green

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

Nonfiction | Essay Collection | Adult | Published in 2021

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Short Answer

What does the term “Anthropocene” refer to? What issues does this name attempt to foreground?

Teaching Suggestion: Depending on students’ backgrounds, they may know the definition of this term, may be able to guess at its meaning, or have no idea what the term refers to. For students who are struggling, you might hint that part of the word is also found in terms like “Paleocene,” “Eocene,” “Pleistocene,” and “Holocene,” and ask what they associate with these words and how “anthro” probably contributes to the term’s meaning. Before they answer the second section of this question, you might offer students one or both of the resources below, which will offer more in-depth information about the term and its origin.