February 27, 2020
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Millennium and Year

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The length of the year, and by extension, the century should be the same as it is now with almost all calendars, because the length of the year on Earth has been remarkably constant, going almost all the way back to our planet’s beginning.

This makes it a remarkably consistent measure of time, and as such, should constitute the base of this calendar.

Year 0 is dated from the beginning of the current epoch. As such, where should we set that year?

The Earth Epic Calendar dates the current epoch from the beginning of what earth historians refer to as the Holocene—which was set by the  International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) as starting at 11,700 ± 99 years b2K (before 2000 CE), or 9701 BCE ± 99 years. This was the end of the last glacial period (what many refer to as the last Ice Age).  The rate of the development of human civilization accelerated quickly when the Earth got warmer and the glaciers retreated.

Setting Year 0 of this epoch at 9701 BCE, or 11,700 b2K (before 2,000 CE) is significant in two ways:

First, setting the beginning of this epoch at that date allows us to include all of recorded human history. No more pushing ancient cultures to the margins by declaring them to have existed “before the year 1.”

Secondly, by being less than halfway through the current epoch, the calendar indirectly reflects that we have not progressed as far as we think we’d like to think we have as human beings. The purpose of this calendar, after all, has been to help people understand the Earth and the human race’s role on this planet. The evidence for Homo Sapiens not progressing as far as we’d like to think is reflected through the way we cause continued environmental decay, mass extinctions of species, and a continued threat to life on Earth due to climate change and the presence of  nuclear weapons.  Large numbers of people continue to embrace this path of destructiveness. Even most of those of us who acknowledge that we must change our ways still live as if there was no crisis–we still drive our cars and burn fossil fuels as if it didn’t matter. Of course, there is nothing saying that we will somehow become more enlightened by the beginning of the next age over 13,000 years from now, but it does illustrate that we have a long way to go.

Given that the ICS settled on a round number year to establish the beginning of this epoch, we are able to keep the last two digits of the year the same as they are in the current Gregorian calendar. This would help with transitioning to a new calendar, as it would be just the first three digits of the number that have changed.

The Millenium itself is one of four units in the Earth Epic Calendar that deviates from the “rule of one hundreds” in the Earth Epic Calendar, because a millenium equals 1,000 years. The other units that diverge are the Milliday, Epoch, and Quarter.

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