It’s no overstatement to say that human beings are the superior species on planet earth. This is shown by how we thrive in virtually every environment, how we are at the very top of the food chain and how we have used our knowledge to reconstruct the environment as we see fit. Not all of this was done with harm in mind, but it has been clear for a long time that the way we live is destructive to not just the nature of the planet but of course the animals that we share it with. Though many of our technologies originally had the intention of making our lives easier, in the long run many of these same machines will be our downfall, the side effects are already having an impact on the creatures that are forced to live alongside them. Here are just a few examples of how our modern world is making life nigh on impossible for the animal world.
Though we used to think that this practice was undertaken because of our high demand on paper, this is actually a misconception. Forests are being logged at terrifying rates even now for several industries one of the main ones being farming. Cattle need lots of space and lots of clear grassy fields to roam, this is one of the main causes for deforestation today. Thousands of different animals call the trees their home, others require the shade that the canopy provides, but all of this disappears once industrial machines turn up to turn the place into sawdust.
Though the flushable toilet and the infrastructure of plumbing is great for human convenience, it is bad for animal existence. With a countless amount of drainage systems running off into natural water systems we are slowly polluting our most valuable resource. Fish require very specific conditions in order to survive, waste and chemicals are the very things they need to avoid which is one reason why fishing may be obsolete soon.
This happens everywhere and in almost every environment. Though plastics and new metals are a feat of modern ingenuity, they are far from natural and don’t decompose the same way natural things do. Thanks to our increasing need for packaging on everything from consumer products to food, plastics in all shapes and sizes are littered amongst natural habitats. Lakes are becoming landfills and forests giant bins while the animals that live with our waste are getting suffocated and literally caught inside it all.
The chemical revolution happened a lot more subtly than the industrial one, yet its presence stands alongside almost everything we do in our day-to-day lives. From sanitation to refrigeration, we use chemicals to create our contemporary world in all manner of ways, so many that we probably don’t realise. This however is not great for anything natural. By tipping the scales into a more chemical orientated world animals are forced to drink dangerous water, breathe polluted air and eat plants from poisonous soils. This element affects all aspects of global warming and, in reality, it is as bad for humans as it is any other species.