Homogocene is a term that is also interchangeable with Homogenocene. It has come about in the past several years as a word to describe the ecological era that we are in. It is a way of recognizing and acknowledging the homogenization of species that is coming as a part of the anthropocene, and all of the human-based activities that it entails (1). The prospect of the homogocene takes into account that humans have broken barriers that seperate land masses through globalization, and travel. This allows species to move between land masses, as well as aquatic environments in a way that they were not able to before. Now that species have the capability to establish themselves in a place far from where they evolved, the differences between places of origin will become obscured (2).
Although the Homogocene can be seen from within the perspective of the Anthropocene, the two have some key differences. The Homogocene is not directly about people. It is about the homogenization of biodiversity as a result of people, and the integration of life that has been isolated for a long time. The word Anthropocene carries a lot of political baggage as well as questions about the future, whereas the word Homogocene is simply about the mixing of the species that inhabit Earth (3).
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- Mentz, S. (2013, January 25). Anthropocene v Homogenocene. Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://stevementz.com/anthropocene-v-homogenocene/