The Kenyan scholar in The Anthropocene epoch


By Gatonye Gathura

The names of  Kenyan, Prof Erick Odada of the University of Nairobi, and 34 other international scholars are just about to be engraved  into the solid Earth for ever.

Yesterday the team, recommended to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa that the Earth has indeed entered a ‘new age of man’ to be called The Anthropocene.

If approved, a process which could take two years it will mean that human impact has cut short the 11,700-year-old geological epoch known as the Holocene and ushered in a new one, the scientists said Monday.

In a statement they said the new age would be marked from 1950 though this will have to wait for the ratification of three other bodies.

Prof Odada, the only one from the region in the team is an expert on the sensitivities of East African lakes to climate change.

He has been a senior advisor to the Kenyan government and United Nations and sat on many international scientific committees. He is deeply worried of Mankind’s future in the Anthropocene.

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