If an alien civilisation lands, millions of years from now when humans are a distant memory, what will they find? Our cities will be long gone; our sturdiest monuments and greatest buildings will be dust. But if they bring a geologist with them, they may be able to read the story of our existence from the stones they walk on. In Berlin, recently, a group of scientists met to discuss just what that story will tell – and how important a story it is.
Humans have existed in our modern form for only about 200,000 years. In geological terms, barely the blink of an eye: geologists measure the history of the Earth in millions of years. But some think that humanity’s impact on the planet in that time – and especially in the past few hundred years – has changed the planet so much that we are now living in a new epoch: the Anthropocene.
We have caused a mass extinction, and changed the composition of the atmosphere, they say. Our effect on the planet is as great as that of the end of the last ice age.
Message from the Geology Trusts:-
Hopefully you are aware by now that the new Geodiversity Charter for England
is going to be launched at a parliamentary briefing on Tuesday 21st October.
This is a significant national document that sets out the value of our geodiversity, the need to look after it and practical ways in which all sectors of society can help.
WE NEED YOUR HELP THIS WEEK
. Although various government ministers will be attending the launch, there has been limited uptake by MPs. We need to spread the word as widely as possible. Therefore, I am asking everyone to PLEASE make an appointment and talk to your MP this week - most MPs are back in their constituencies at the weekends, and usually have surgeries on Fridays or Saturdays, and are pleased to talk to their constituents.
As their constituent, please tell them why geodiversity matters (make local links if you can) and ask them to attend the Charter launch from 2 - 4 pm on Tuesday 21st October at Portcullis House, Westminster. This personal invitation from YOU could make all the difference.
Click here to download the invitation letter and the charter
as PDFs for you to use. (They are huge files so may take a long time to download)
If your MP says yes, then please email Lesley Dunlop
and Mick Stanley
by Monday 6th October
. We have to give names of those attending to parliament next week.
Thank you for your help. We want every MP there if possible, as the profile of geodiversity needs to be raised as never before. This one event is an extraordinary chance to educate our politicians. Please immediately pass this email on to any other colleagues who could cover another constituency and TAKE ACTION NOW. I cannot overstate the importance of this opportunity.