We live in a world of high demand, increasing population, and an ever intensive requirement for food and natural resources. We have evolved to be a species which is capable of shaping it’s land beyond that of any other species in this planet. It is with our burgeoning intelligence that we have not only sculpted the land, but life itself. We have forced the hand of man into foresting, mining and harvesting. We have crafted animals through selective breeding into producing food, clothes and entertainment. We as a species in the “western world” do not have to hunt, harvest or hem. We live in a world of man made wonders, where the natural world is nearly forgotten about, even though it is it which is still the heart of all industries today.
But even though we have managed to bend nature to our will, we still seem to want to bend it further, so that it is no longer the work of nature and evolution, which is moulded by the unconscious hand of natural selection, but that it is moulded and changed by the conscious and arrogant hand of man. We don’t seem to be happy with the current cropping, and want to make it even easier by modifying plant and animals genes, commonly known as Genetically Modified Food.
David Attenborough, about humans, once said, “Using his burgeoning intelligence, this most successful of all mammals has exploited the environment to produce food for an ever-increasing population. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population perhaps it’s time we controlled the population to allow the survival of the environment.” Is Attenborough right here? Is it right to say that we are a species to end all species? Honestly, I think so.
I have done some studies on animal behaviour, and how species interact and how they use resources around them. I have researched animal feeding, breeding and habitual use. And out of all these studies, and studies by professional environmental scientists, I have come to the sorry conclusion that we truly are an abuser of this planet.