Environmental Impacts Of A Good Anthropocene

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Through the years, our planet has been negatively affected by anthropogenic activities. The Anthropocene has been thought of as a geological period where human activity has negatively impacted ecological systems on the planet. These harmful activities have led to, air pollution, soil degradation, and soil contamination in urban and suburban areas, by dangerous pollutants like heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (Kumar & Hundal, 2016). Soil and air pollution and other environmental issues and pressures will continue to be a problem as the world’s population rises in an urbanizing society. Now, more than ever, we must collectively work towards a good Anthropocene, which is essentially building sustainable systems that will mitigate the environmental harm already done to the planet and its people. A good Anthropocene will have positive impacts on the natural, built, and social environments.
The good Anthropocene can be seen in the densely, populated city of Paris, France. This European city has started up several green initiatives that mitigate their carbon dioxide emissions and other environmental problems in the area (Fassbinder, n.d.). Their broad green campaign, Vegetalisation de la Ville, “encourages citizens to make Paris green – to extend vegetation wherever possible, and it has taken shape in a range of green strategies by the local government” (Fassbinder, n.d.). Some of these activities include the creation of community gardens, green walls and roofs,
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