Visual storytelling with flair illustrates human impact on Earth

By Peter Tonguette | The Columbus Dispatch 

Have human beings made enough of an impact on the natural world for the experts to name a new geological epoch?

The documentary “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” — co-directed by Canadian filmmaker Nicholas de Pencier; his wife, Jennifer Baichwal; and still photographer Edward Burtynsky — offers jaw-dropping views of sites around the globe that have undergone radical changes thanks to human industry.

Among the spots photographed by the team are a marble quarry in Italy and a potash mine in Russia; the filmmakers focused on sites representing “cycles of consumption and waste.”

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