Closing two paragraphs:
Still, as damning as this evidence is, observers have cautioned against a simplistic view of geologic shifts. “Anthropocene is…suspect because—to the extent that ‘we’ wish to name the new epoch after a force, it generically identifies that force as humanity as a whole, rather than the identifiable power structures most responsible for the geological Anthropocene traces,” wrote Kieran Suckling, founding director of the Center for Biological Diversity, in 2015.
Indeed, Ian Angus, editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism, argued last year: “An ecosocialist analysis of the Great Acceleration will build on the decisive issues of class and power that are shaping the Anthropocene and will ultimately determine humanity’s future.”
Superb that Dierdre Fulton and Common Dreams are referencing nuanced ecological and ecosocialist perspectives and analyses of the “anthropos” in “anthropocene.”
Personally i’m “both / and” on this question: It is the human species, AND it is specific formations of power within human society and the political economy.
i’m fine with scientists adopting the term “anthropocene,” AND we need to be overt in assessing just precisely who in the political economy is making determining decisions that impact the ecology, and just precisely how we can intentionally direct the economy together toward harmonization with the ecology.