Planet earth, as we know, is a fragile and complex network of interconnected systems that are believed to have developed gradually over the last 4.5 billion years. From ancient ashes of the mysterious Big Bang, our home (earth) emerged as a mass of elements and energy. It’s from these newly born elements and mass of energy where dynamic systems of gases, liquid, and solids were formed.
The earth continued to evolve over the last couple of billions of years in a unique way that eventually created conditions that could foster life. From the microscopic organisms to giant animals, all life on the planet shares one common ancestor. In fact, everything is connected to everything.
So, why is it that human species appears to dominate the landscape in such a short period? What gives us the power to achieve this domination?
Well, over the last 3.5 billion years of simple life on our planet, everything has been following a natural evolution course. But the human’s rapid success began to affect this natural order many centuries ago. With the human population hitting 7 billion (and the number is still rising), we, the human kind, have played an integral role in disrupting the earth’s natural network of interconnected systems. As our activities continue to impact the earth’s natural systems, it’s essential that we understand our role and preserve our relationship with mother nature.
Think of it this way….
Our ability to manipulate the earth’s systems and recognize the consequences of this manipulations puts all humans in a peculiar state. We are species charged with the responsibility to provide and proliferate. Our top objective is to achieve stability for the current generation and our kin.
Besides, we have an obligation to preserve the environment as we solely depend on the resources it offers. So, the most important question you should always ask is what our role in nature is? Do we really have the right to pollute water sources, manipulate the land, and emit billions of cubic meters of poisonous gases into the atmosphere?
To respond to these concerns, it’s imperative to understand our planet better, its evolution, and how our activities influence the environment.
Based on history…
The human relationship with nature has always been one of overuse and balance. Nearly all inventions forward steps in human history are associated with a certain level of environmental degradation. During the stone-age period and old years, humans were in-tune with the environment. Nomads and hunters and gatherers used to roam the earth, always following the ebb and flow of natural seasons.
While these tribes’ activities had a certain level of impact on the environment, their influence could be offset by the evolving systems due to their low populations. But given the current rate of advancement in technology, the ever-growing agricultural sector, the rapid population growth, and the shift to city life, the gap between our responsibility to preserve the environment and whatever we do is widening.
We have moved and continue to move away from mother nature. Additionally, it appears that we have been developing a willing ignorance of our relationship and role with nature. The emergence and unwavering industrial growth, exponential population growth, and cities becoming the primary residence have distanced us from the workings of nature.
Based on the figures associated with climate change, we are seriously crippling the environment. Fortunately, there is something we can do – create and implement the right policies to preserve the environment.