Humans are responsible for a number of good and bad things on this planet, especially when it comes to wildlife habitats. Every year, thousands of acres of land is stripped of its natural beauty to make way for development companies to build on, from factories and sky scrapers to housing and entertainment complexes. This land will no doubt be home to various wildlife and habitats, and the upmost care is taken to make sure the animals are not overly affected by the change to their surroundings. However in some cases, animals can be seriously displaced, with habitats destroyed.
There is also the environmental impact of humans that has affected animals and their habitats. As more and more pollution is pumped into the air, entire ecosystems are being destroyed by dangerous gasses and waste from factories, cars, aeroplanes and many other types of transportation. Although companies are put under pressure to limit the amount of waste they produce, the affect to animal on land, sea and in the air, as well as their habitats, remains constant.
The Human Touch
Humans have evolved to become the dominant species on this planet, and in their wake they have left a trail of devastation, from the environment to the soil we walk on. Animals were living on this planet millions of years before humans were, and even if you consider the food chain at its most efficient, we are still the cause of nearly all animal and habitat decline.
Over the last 65 million years, animals and habitats have disappeared over 1000 times faster since the dawn of man, and as we evolve technologically, we’re limiting the odds of countless species surviving their own evolution. If we continue on our current path of destruction, experts believe that over 100 species of animal will become extinct each day. Combine this with the pollution we’re pumping into the atmosphere, the human race’s effect on animals and habits all over the world has been immeasurable.
The people who argue against the effect of the human race on the planet believe that millions of animal species would not have been able to survive without man’s intervention anyway. Ever since the first organism originated on earth, even the simplest habitat survey will reveal that plants, animals and everything in between have always had a tough time trying to survive.
Seeing as only the strongest animals evolve to dominate their own food chairs, think about how many of the weaker species have perished over the last 65 million years. Even if humans never evolved, just look at how the dinosaurs became extinct. The effect of humans on the environment is miniscule compared to the asteroid’s dust cloud that blocked out the sun for millions of years.
The argument against humans’ effect on animals and habitats is a strong one, and there is no doubt that we have severely contributed to the demise of countless species and habitats, whether it’s physical displacement, hunting or the way environments have changed from out waste pollution. However it’s just as plausible to consider that the planet might have been worse off without human intervention too.