Our understanding of Earth’s history and humanity’s place in has changed radically in the last 400 years. So why are we using a calendar with only minor changes since Julius Caesar’s reforms in 45 BCE (Before Common Era, same as BC)?
Up until about 1600 CE (Common Era, same as AD), estimates of the age of the Earth were inferred from the Christian Bible. Most European scholars estimated our planet to be 6,000 years old. But by the end of the 1800s, geologists had reached a consensus about the Earth’s age being 100 million years. In 1926, knowledge of radioactive decay pushed scientific consensus of Earth’s age to between 1.5 and 3 billion years. Now it currently stands at 4.54 billion years.
Children in most American schools are taught the true age of the Earth. Many will be shown a diagram that shows how miniscule humankind’s tenure on earth has been compared to the rest of history.
And yet we still date our calendar as if nothing of any significance happened on our planet until human beings came along. With such a narrow way of looking at things, is it any wonder that we face a climate and ecological crisis that threatens all life on this planet?
Most of the calendars widely in use today are connected to religions. Almost all of these calendars seek to divide all of time between the time since the founding of their religion and the time before the religion started. Religions have a history of forcibly imposing their views and cultures on others. Acceptance of the Gregorian calendar in all but five countries shows the power of colonialism and the overwhelming economic power of Western cultures.
The Earth Epic Calendar seeks to replace the Gregorian calendar with one that is culturally neutral, and reflects human history and earth history more accurately.