Animal Extinction

One of the many results of industrialization is the increase of animal extinction.  Now, not all animal extinction can be blamed on humans or the Industrial revolution.  That being said, we still have a great impact on the extinction of animals.  Some sources, like Ecology, say that humans have increased the extinction rate to 1,000 to 10,000 above the usual extinction rate.  National Geographic says that some of the human causes include habitat destruction and climate change.

It is very interesting to me that a lot of the larger towns and cities that we have now started during the Industrial revolution.  This had a large impact on animals as well as humans, though not necessarily in the same way.  With more people living closer together, that left less room for the animals that had formerly resided in that region.  It basically started a landslide with animal after animal having to leave to find a new home because they were no longer comfortable living around so many humans or did not have food anymore.  The same goes with agriculture.  In order for farmers to produce a crop, they sometimes need to change the land, cut down trees, plant new crops, etc.  So they changed the landscape that the native animals lived in.  Luckily, not all of the animals were disrupted by these changes, and were able to continue living in their original homes.

These effects of industrialization are important to be aware of.  It is well to have a knowledge of how our actions yesterday, to day, and tomorrow will affect nature.  That way we can be responsible stewards of the world we live in.


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