Duke law professor, Jedediah Purdy, calls it "This Profaned World." He refers to Earth in the Anthropocene epoch in an essay at the Australian Broadcast Corporation web site.
Purdy quests to find a Walden for the Anthropocene.
Henry David Thoreau's phrase, "In wildness is the preservation of the world," launched a thousand calendars, mugs, T-shirts and bumper stickers. For a long time, it seemed the perfect slogan for American environmentalism.
The movement sprang up to preserve the Adirondacks and Sierra Nevada, grew through public fights in the 1950s over Grand Canyon development, and then defined itself for decades by defending "wild" species like whale and bald eagles, and "wild" places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Today the world looks very different. The defining environmental challenge is climate change. Among other things, climate change means there is no "wild" place, nowhere that human beings have not changed.
From the upper atmosphere to the deep sea, the planet's metabolism, its basic chemistry, is now something we have help to make. Species extinction, toxicity crises, and skyrocketing global resource use make the same point more vivid: we have run out of wild.
A better slogan for today might come from the modernist poet Wallace Stevens: "The imperfect is our only paradise."
It's a great essay for you literary types or if you just want to ponder how we're going to live and communicate and socialize in this new Anthropocene.