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Chapter 5: Welcome to the Anthropocene

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In Chapter 5 of Elizabeth Kolbert's novel, "The Sixth Extinction", it evauates human impacts on the planet and discusses geology on a broader term. Kolbert speaks with a more direct tone as she makes a transition within the reading and refers to the consequences. While reading, there is a consistent pressure of the need to reflect as Kolbert points out our flaws and own doing of driving ourselves into extinction (i.e Climate Change). Instead of re-evaluating our lifestyles years ago, we’ve made this dangerous lifestyle a native tongue. Something that’s so embedded within us that we don’t seem to recognize our flaws as another species. However, we look at ourselves as human -beings; superior to everything else.