The Human Era is a three-minute autorun that features geologist Chris Paola from the University of Minnesota and Patrick Hamilton from the Science Museum of Minnesota summarizing anthropogenic challenges and humanity's potential to meet those challenges. The first part of the film highlights dramatic changes to our land, oceans and atmosphere from human activity over the last 200 years. The second part argues that we are capable of meeting the challenges - we are the best-educated, wealthiest, best-connected cohort of humans who have ever lived. As Chris Paola says in the film, "It's an amazing time. A time of great change, a time of great peril, perhaps, but it's also a time of great possibility."
The Human Era is one in a series of four SOS films that use data visualizations and actual scientists to tell stories about the impacts of climate change. No other single natural factor affects Earth as much as humans now do. Separately, each film stands alone, focusing on a single area of human impact, and features a researcher working in this area. Together, the films tell a bigger story about the human-generated effects of global climate change.