With our population at seven billion and climbing, we have played a tremendous role in the disruption of the Earth’s natural systems.
As we continue to grow and have a greater impact on the Earth’s systems, it is imperative that we address our role and relationship with nature.
Introduction Earth as we know it is an incredibly complex and fragile network of interconnected systems that have developed slowly over the last 4.5 billion years or so.
From the ashes of the Big Bang this planet emerged as a mass of energy and elements.
We are capable of understanding our influence over nature, but we tend to ignore the Earth’s reaction to our presence. Therefore, we should make change where change is necessary. Economy The size of our population and its incessant desire to expand has an obvious impact on the environment.
I am not arguing that we purposefully degrade nature, but that environmental degradation is an inherent trait of our population’s perpetual progression. However, that impact is magnified with the demands of industry and capitalism.
With advancements in technology and agriculture though, humans began to find more efficient ways of sustaining themselves.
These advancements allowed for more permanent settlements, which led to rapid population growth and a distancing from nature.
Nearly every step in human history has unfortunately been accompanied with a leap in environmental degradation.
At first, humans were incredibly in-tune with their surroundings.