Why are humans so destructive? Is it in our blood?
Scientists have come up with a new epoch. It’s called the Anthropocene, and it covers the period of time that humans became the predominant environmental force on the world. We’re changing the climate – changing entire ecosystems – and there isn’t a corner of the world left unscathed. Some argue the Anthropocene started with the industrial revolution and we started burning fossil fuels at incredible rates. Others say this doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Some point back to the onset of agriculture, thousands of years earlier, when we began an endless cycle of soil degradation and intensive farming. Others say the Anthropocene stretches back to the stone age as humans have been driving animals to extinction since before we were even human – when we were still in the early days of the Homo genus.
No matter when the Anthropocene started, there’s no denying we’re causing immense destruction to the environment. Humans are just 0.1% of all life, yet we have destroyed 83% of wild mammals. Once humans have disappeared from the world, the earth will remain and it will recover, introducing new life and starting fresh. The only thing we are really destroying is ourselves. So the question is, why? Why do we do this to ourselves? Where does this destructive (and self-destructive) streak come from?
How we evolved
There’s no denying what we’re doing to the world. There’s also no denying that humans have evolved with a creative ingenuity unseen in any other species on earth, as far as we know. We caused climate change (and continue to do so), hunt animals to extinction for their coat or horns, pollute the oceans with plastic and chemicals, and commit unspeakable crimes.
Humans evolved the intelligence to do these things in a way other animals can’t. But the optimists will tell you we can also use our brains to solve these crises. When we started these problems, like climate change and plastic pollution, we weren’t thinking. We didn’t think our behaviour could change the world so drastically. Now we know different, and there are reasons to have hope.
Humans have a long history of destruction and cruelty, but we also have a long history of fighting to be better. All it takes is enough people to stand up and fight to do things right, and we can change the world. We’ve done it with war, slavery, health, and science, and now it’s time to for the biggest challenge of all: saving our environment.
We evolved to drive huge change in the world. We also evolved to work together in communities. The question is, will we use these powers for good or evil in the Anthropocene?
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