Would the Earth be better off without us?

When you look around, one thing that overwhelms the mind is the beauty embedded in every creature. Every blink of the eyes gives you an abundant reason to want to live one more day.

Rothschild’s Giraffe and pelicans in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Unfortunately, humans frequently decorate Earth to suit their incessant desire for comfort, fun, and adaptability in their own habitat. Look at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Eiffel Tower in France, or the falling water structure in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Man created all those, and, of course, you’d agree that they do not have any way of endangering Earth at all, right? Instead, the Earth is supposed to pay us for the services we are providing…

We make it more beautiful, after all.

How sweet we are! Fluffy and kind humans, caring about the Earth!

First of all, it is not correct to say that there are places on Earth that man has never touched. However, we can all agree that there are locations that are still not inhabited by man. In other words, we could term these locations “isolated places“. You should then ask yourself why humans (as inquisitive and relentless that we are) would not occupy a space. Of course, these spaces are usually uninhabitable for one or two obvious environmental reasons.

Lacu Rosu lake – Harghita County, Romania

On Saturday 26th April 1986, the worst ever nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which was claimed to have released an unimaginable amount of radioactive material contaminating the Earth. In 2015, research revealed that animals and plants had flourished like never before since humans stayed clear of that area. Moreover, Chernobyl’s radioactivity is one-hundredth to one-thousandth of the total amount of radioactivity released during nuclear weapons testing at the height of the Cold War. Let’s have all these facts at the back of our minds. It is not new that radioactivity is not friends with nature…

Chernobyl. Abandoned ghost building

Palmyra Atoll is described as a place that fulfills the dreams of human fantasy as it is a place of tropical beauty. Palmyra Atoll is graced with mats of tiny seedlings carpeting the forest floor, flourishing with seabirds, crabs, native gecko, and insects. Seabirds provide nutrients to plants through guano droppings that eventually flow or wash into the ocean to nourish surrounding reefs. The sun’s beams on the reefs magically spread across the islands producing sparks and rays that brighten the environs. A chilly wave of tranquility is what Palmyra offers.

Only 15 people are allowed in this place as the US Wildlife Conservation Society now owns it. Naturally, coconuts wash up on the atoll’s beaches, and palms grow along the edge of the beach, but with human meddling, the palms were spread to the inner parts of the island, stealing sun and space from native flora such as Pisonia grandis trees.

This has happened with the help of 15 people!
Imagine if humans had been allowed to inhabit places like this.

First, the creatures will be endangered, the pines and reefs would have been cut down, the trees would have bid life goodbye, the soil and oceans would have been spoilt from overpopulation. At the same time, the air there would be kissed with generator fumes, and, of course, let’s not forget about increasing radioactivity…

Every passing day, it becomes clearer that humans and their activities are the primary destroyers of nature, especially through industrial pollutants, deforestation, and fossil burning leading to undrinkable water, soil erosion, climate change, and poor air quality.

Humans are destroying the environment and are a source of devastation of the lives of conscious animals on a scale that is difficult to comprehend.

The Boreal forest in Canada has over 1.5 million islands, and it is known for its abundant trees. Further research has shown that as much as humans stayed clear of this area, deforestation is still a significant problem as there are trees that have been cut down and have never grown back.

Deforestation, destruction of deciduous forests. Damage to nature.

Deforestation has many effects, including decreasing oxygen levels (increasing greenhouse gases), an elevated risk of soil erosion, and animal habitats’ destruction.

Well, let’s delve into overpopulation. Every resource on the Earth’s surface has been endangered due to numerous and irreplaceable usage by humans. Overpopulation leads to overconsumption and intensive agriculture. Today, we have so many endangered species running into these uninhabited zones for survival. It has recently been researched that these uninhabited zones are being visited by tourists, sending these endangered species farther away.

The Living Planet Report of 2020 shows that there had been a significant decline in the number of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles around the world, especially in Africa, Asia, and some areas in the Pacific Ocean. It states that nature is being exploited and destroyed by humans on a scale that has never been reported before…

Just look at the new Blue Estate – “World’s First Floating City” (which is selling 1.5 Billion Mega-Mansions right now, in 2021; hurry up – there’re only two left). The island, which is to be built from ‘ultra-high performance’ concrete modules, will measure 4921ft by 3280ft in total, an area half the size of MONACO. Is it normal? Do we really need it? 

NOW ASK YOURSELF: would the Earth be better off without humans, or we are here with some purpose? If we have a goal here, why do we destroy the primordial beauty of everything we touch? 

Guest post: written by ADEDOLAPO ADEGBITE

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20 Responses

  1. A difficult question to answer and begs for frank opinion

  2. Poor mother earth. What it needs to put up with. And how much longer…

  3. markbierman says:

    It’s true, the earth would run just fine without us, but we are part of this world. We just need to learn to be more responsible stewards.

  4. Simple answer: yes. And when we’re gone, the earth will go on as if we were never here.

  5. I think she would be better off, for sure…

  6. Just look at the canals of Venice and other places (Like China) where COVID has halted human interaction with the Earth to answer the question.

  7. kinkyacres says:

    The death of birds, caused mainly but the death of bugs, (food) caused by man made chemical products! YES, is the only answer to the question! Our oceans are filled with “Plastic”!

  8. masercot says:

    We are bulls and nature is our china shop.

  9. Sorryless says:

    It’s laughable how humankind somehow figures itself to be omnipotent when nothing could be further from the truth. We’re borrowing the planet, and hell . . we can be evicted anytime.

  10. stuartaken says:

    I’m convinced the Earth, and most of it’s other life forms, would be significantly better off without humanity. I fear that if we fail to curb our pollution, explosive population growth, rapacious use of resources, and our appalling wastefulness, the planet will eventually reject us as a lifeform and ensure some natural catastrophe destroys us.

  11. Good evening. One major problem is human overpopulation. There are 8 billion of us now. When I was a child, there were 3 billion. The huge number of people puts enormous strains on water and other resources. And it leads to increased pollution, climate change, and many other problems.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      agreed… maybe should be some global rules to stop overpopulation, but I think it will be difficult to make such reforms or control it