Mikolaj Godzik

Living in the Anthropocene: The Unforeseen Consequences of Human Actions

Mentor: Dan Frank

This project will be an investigation of the ‘Anthropocene,’ a proposed geological age in which humans have begun significantly impacting the environment. The goal of the project is to document and explain in laymen terms how human impact is manifested both in our local environment and globally. A pivotal issue plaguing climate change and other human-driven changes of environmental factors is people have a hard time understanding the consequences of their personal actions both directly—with food and water wastage—or indirectly—through their apathy toward political changes and industrial standards. I wanted to take to heart the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and a belief that visually presented information is much clearer and often better at provoking emotional and logical responses. This is why I plan on creating an online photographic series to demonstrate how individual choices can have grand environmental consequences.