Earth has gone through five fully major extinctions before. We currently are in the process of Earth’s sixth mass extinction. This mass extinction is closely related in severity to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Earth’s extinctions are broken into three different areas. The first area was the large number of animals caught by hunter-gathers. The discovery of agriculture led to the second area of extinction, wildlife habitats. These wildlife habitats were destroyed due to humans starting to stay in one area. Humans then would destroy, and live off of, the wildlife around them, until the resources ran out. The third area of extinction is the most important. This area began in the 1800’s when the industrialization era began. The advancements in technology proved that we could now start using fossil fuels as our own source of energy. As time continues, the fossil fuels are rapidly depleting from the Earth. (Stephanie Feldstein) Stephanie Feldstein also states,
No population of a large vertebrate animal in the history of the planet has grown that much, that fast, or with such devastating consequences to its fellow earthlings. Humans’ impact has been so profound that scientists have proposed that the Holocene era be declared over and the current epoch (beginning in about 1900) be called the Anthropocene: the age when the “global environmental effects of increased human population and economic development” dominate planetary physical, chemical, and biological conditions. (Feldstein)
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...his rapid rate of growth is causing many species to become extinct. Unfortunately, time will be the only true answer to this puzzle, whether we decide to take action, or keep running the Earth dry of all its resources. Will the future generations be able to live enjoyable lives, or will they be battling to the death for the last resource available?
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