What is the Anthropocene?

This resource gives an introduction to the Anthropocene – the recent time in which humans have become the single most influential species on the planet, causing significant global warming and other changes to land, environment, water, organisms and the atmosphere. The information can support your own background knowledge and provides a range of media and opportunities to develop student understanding of this topic. 

The resource is one of a series of slide decks that contain general background information on topics related to climate change and biodiversity loss and has been designed to be edited and added to and used in a variety of ways, in order to best fit the needs of individual key stages, classes and students.

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Royal Meteorological Society climate change content quality mark

~ 1 hour


Download the slides below and modify content or select information for your learners as appropriate.


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Curriculum links

  • Geography
  • Science