Welcome to the Anthropocene

Posted on: October 8, 2020

GEF CEO and Chairperson


3d illustration of a half-burned forest
Fires, hurricanes, and the pandemic reflect the human-caused environmental damage that will keep compounding unless we act together to lighten our impact on the planet. Image: studiovin/Shutterstock

The many overlapping crises of 2020 are not just hallmarks of a bad year. They reflect the human-caused environmental damage that will keep compounding in the epoch dubbed the Anthropocene, where humanity’s impact on the planet dominates all else.

Writing for the World Bank's Voices blog, GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez writes that a failure to factor the environment into decision-making risks worsening three of what the World Economic Forum ranks as the top five threats to the global economy: climate action failure; biodiversity loss; and extreme weather. Yet today, government support for sectors that harm the environment dwarfs spending on efforts to fix that damage.

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