Whose Living Room?
Humans adapt to an environment by reshaping it, usually through urbanization. We keep natural systems on the fringe outside the fences of our urban and suburban spaces because it is comfortable for us. our rural areas are for harvesting food, energy, and the raw materials that build human habitats. We have excluded many other species from our "living room," thus giving them less "living room." Land development and human population growth are leading to animal extinction and the loss of wilderness. Can humans survive without other animals, plants, and without wilderness?
Are There Too Many Humans?
At the beginning of the 20th century there were 1.65 billion people on earth but by the end of the century our population had reached 6 billion. While it used to take 1,000 years or more for the population to double, increases in technology and medicine have made our growth exponential and our doubling time only a few years.
Give 'em an Inch and They'll take a Mile!
As we have increased in numbers, we have taken space from our fellow neighbors, forcing them out of their natural habitats to make way for our farms, towns, shopping centers, and skyscrapers.