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.
From the smallest microorganisms to the largest animals, all life on Earth has a common ancestor. So how is it that our species has come to dominate the landscape in such a short period of time? In 3.5 billion years of life on Earth everything has followed a natural course of evolution.
However, our rapid success as a species has begun to affect this natural order.
Humans have always had an impact on the environment, but with the age of industry that impact has been ultra-magnified.
Population growth has been exponentiated, cities have become the primary place of residence, and the majority of the world is now out of touch with the workings of nature.The question then becomes: what is our role in nature?Do we have the right to manipulate the land, factory farm animals, and pollute waterways?With technological advancements, nature became something we were no longer apart of and entirely subject to, but something that we could control and profit off of.The growth of industry enabled humans to truly dominate the landscape and disrupt the natural systems that have been in place for billions of years.From that newly born mass of energy and elements evolved structured, dynamic systems of solids, liquids, and gases.The evolution of this planet continued to unfold over billions of years in such a unique way that eventually conditions arose with the ability to foster life.As we have removed ourselves further and further from nature, we have developed a willing ignorance of our role and relationship within it.With the growth of cities and trade we have moved from a subsistent, sustainable economy to one of greed and exploitation.Although our distancing from nature began several thousand years ago with advancements in agriculture and social order, it is the age of industry to which we owe our modern regard for nature.The growth of cities allowed for a separation between people and nature and our obsession with convenience and efficiency beckoned a new perspective on the environment.