|Uniformitarianism tells us that the processes we see acting|
on our planet today have been acting on our planet in the
past. This allows us to conceptualize past geologic
I have been struggling with words to use to describe the kind of geological conditions we now live in. Geologists of course have coined the term Anthropocene to describe the time period of significant human alteration that we now live in on our planet. But, we don't have terms like uniformitarianism to conceptually describe the way we have to think forward to the impact of our actions on our planet. The new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has framed what will likely be a very warm future for us in the coming centuries and others have looked forward to what will occur if population growth continues or if we continue to deplete the oceans.
This joins my other favorite created term, "Sustainabilly." A sustainabilly is someone from the suburbs or city who moves to a rural environment to try to live a simpler life. Or someone from Manhattan who opens up an artisanal pickle or whiskey factory in Brooklyn (the New Yorkers will get this joke).