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Human Interference With Nature GONE WRONG



From the industrial revolution changing our world to one of the biggest mass extinctions, here are 8 times when human interference with nature has gone wrong.
8. The Equilibrium of the World In the movie "The Matrix", the antagonist known as Agent Smith gave a speech to one of the main characters where he tried to "classify their species" (For the record, Agent Smith
was a computer program avatar). His speech went something like this: "I realized that your species aren't actually mammals. Mammals will go to an area and create a natural equilibrium with the environment...you humans do not. You go to an area and you multiply...and multiply until there are virtually no natural resources
left. Then, the only way for you to survive is to spread to another area..." The intent here was to show the character that humans are a "virus" because of how we infect the world. We seem to have no natural balance. Do you agree? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!! The world always leans toward a natural balance. And if you go somewhere that has been untouched by humanity, like the deep jungle or hidden lake or something, you'll see that the balance works. The plants, the animals, the waters of the area all balance out so that everyone can live in a balanced cycle. Humans disrupt that cycle emphatically.
We literally affect every aspect of nature in a large or small way just with our presence. We affect the food chain, we affect how and where natural resources are used and grown or destroyed. We touch the air, the water, and ground with our machinations. At a fundamental level, humanity has upset the balance of the world, which is why many claim it's 'dying' because we've upset that balance too much, to the point where it apparently can't be reversed. And we use too much and need too much. To use another Matrix quote, "you balance the equation, I unbalance it". And that's exactly what humans do.
7. Expansion What country do you live in? It's an honest question, no wrong answers
here. Now, here's another question, how did your country come to be in the area that you live in now? No doubt your people started out as a tribe or faction and settled in an area. Then, they slowly started to grow bigger via natural births or the arrival of more people to the area. The reason is honestly immaterial because
the result is the same: expansion. Everywhere that humans go, they leave their mark on the territory.
That's the very nature of humanity: “People have been modifying their environments for tens of thousands of years,” added Jon Erlandson, an archeologist, professor, and director of the University of Oregon Museum
of Natural and Cultural History. “Humans have literally impacted everything from mammoths to microbes.
Most people have no idea how heavily we’ve altered things — and for how long.”
Many people blame the recent generations of humanity for expanding too far into the wilderness
and "destroying" the world, but some feel that this has been happening for a lot longer
than that. Humans have been around for thousands of years, and each new year brings new expansions, which negatively harms the environments. A great example is the "Manifest Destiny"
of the United States. Where they went from east to west to expand and "claim what was theirs".
This hurt not only the Native Americans of the land, but the forests, rivers, and more.
All because they felt it was their "destiny" to "own" the land they were on, and not respecting
the land they had "found". That's not to say that expansion is the reason the world is messed up right now, far from it, but in terms of affecting the world, the more people moved out into it, the less "natural" things got.
Some even believe that there are no "natural areas" in the world anymore because of human interference.
6. Loss of Rainforests and Wildernesses Trees and forests provide much of the oxygen we need to survive. Despite this vital function, human interference has made it so that the natural-born trees
and wildernesses of the world are slowly getting chopped down tree by tree to make room for farming and to use them for all kinds of manufacturing. And with each tree that falls, we're slowing dooming the human race. But why do we interfere? Simple, because trees and their bark are needed
for all sorts of materials that we have in our world. From the paper we use to the tools we wield, to the logs we burn in the fireplace, wood is a very versatile material, and that makes it valuable. And that makes trees something we "need" to chop down in large numbers, also because, in many places, we also need the space.
What might surprise you though is just how thoroughly we're doing this "job". In the last 25 years alone, 10% of forests were chopped down. If this rate continues, there may be no rainforests or wildernesses left by the end of the century. Granted, there are preserves where trees are "protected", but as more trees fall, and don't
grow back in time, the "need" for more trees
will grow.
And they'll look to the protected areas.
Even the Amazon Rainforest isn't safe from
this kind of interference, as there are multiple
people and companies coming for its trees,
and they're chopping them down at an alarming
rate.

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