In the last couple years, avocados have been hailed as a “superfood” that is delicious with pretty much everything. However, as the demand increased, the seasonal home of migrating monarch butterflies has been cut down for more avocado farmland.
It’s a prime example of how the actions of humans inadvertently impacts other species, which is a core theme of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s new exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene.
The Anthropocene is the current geological era in which humans are making a profound impact on the geological strata. While the term itself is still being debated by geologists, the museum is embracing it as a social and cultural tool for exploring the broad sum effect humans are having on the planet in the exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene—open now through summer 2018.