At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, we’re starting a new podcast. It’s called A is for Anthropocene: Living in the Age of Humanity. I’m very excited to be co-hosting this project with my friend and colleague Sloan MacRae, Director of Marketing at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
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The word “Anthropocene”, is still not that familiar to people. In a nutshell, it is this:
The Anthropocene is a name given to a proposed new geological time period that acknowledges that humanity’s activities on Earth will be evident in the future as a distinct layer in the Earth’s crust.
While it is a scientific term, it’s also sparking inspiration in the arts and humanities focused on the relationship between humans and the rest of the natural world. This gives us a broad scope. We will be covering environmental news as well as interviews with artists like Catherine Chalmers https://www.catherinechalmers.com/, scientists like Jennifer Sheridan https://carnegiemnh.org/researcher/staff-directory/jennifer-sheridan/ and, as well as innovators who are thinking about the big picture of our planet and its future.
In preparing for this regular broadcast, I’ve been reading a lot more up-to-the-minute environmental news from all over the world. It shows a broad spectrum of serious issues: Climate migrants are starting to be commonplace along America’s Eastern Seaboard. Starving Canadian Grizzlies, an Antarctic iceberg the size of Greater London breaking off the continent. These stories, and many more, that we’ll be covering present a dire warning about the state of the global environment, which is ignored at humanity’s peril. But there are also many stories that inspire hope, and we’ll be covering them too. Newly emerging technology, like the ability to extract sugar from cellulose, allows us to look at fuel in a different way. Using green spaces to store and filter storm water runoff in miles of tunnels (something in which Pittsburgh leads the way) promises to keep rivers cleaner, improve air quality and enhance our city’s value as a carbon sink. Balancing these stories encourages us to to remember and celebrate the immense power of human ingenuity.
Sloan, my co-host has been a lot of fun to work with. Despite the serious nature of many of the topics we present, he always manages to find space for a note of positivity. An active outdoors-person, Sloan is also a professionally produced playwright, an experienced arts and culture marketer, and the author of several educational nonfiction series for children. Sloan joined the museum in 2014 to oversee visitor experience. He previously served as managing director of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA and marketing director of City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA. His plays Obscene Jesters, Pennsyltucky, and No Exodus were produced by Epiphany Theatre Company in New York City, and Be All You Can Be was staged at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
We hope you’ll join us for an exploration of life, culture and a look into a future that affects us all.
Producer and Engineer: Tim Evans
Webmaster: Kathleen Young
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