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Are Humans Good For Planet Earth?

Updated on July 1, 2014
Near Sante Fe NM
Near Sante Fe NM


Are Humans Good For Planet Earth

We were never asked to take over the planet, we just did it.  I am not so sure that we are doing a good job. 

For millions of years the planet got along just fine without our leadership.  The trees produced oxygen, the oceans produced fish, and sure the planet got hit by a meteorite or two and the climate got hotter or cooler but species survived or not on their own abilities.  It was a natural thing that determined a species success or failure.  Then we humans took over.

Two things happened.  First we decided that we were more important than any of the other species and second we increased the speed of change.  The first point should be obvious.  There is not much that we won’t eat if we are hungry or destroy if it is in our way.  Our numbers are growing to the point that the planet is straining to feed us.  We will genetically modify other species to suit our needs.  Which brings us to the second point; we have increased the pace of change.  Changes before the human species were slow and measured, tested by thousands of years and hundreds of circumstances.  You can read about more change in a single issue of the New York Times today than happened in the entire year of 1725.  We don’t have time to absorb all the new things or all the new ideas before they are replaced by newer ones. 

Did you know that when the first settlers landed in America that a squirrel could climb a tree on the east coast and not touch the ground until the Mississippi river.  Now there are roads and houses and farms and ranches, the forests are gone.  They were in our way.

Now add technology to the mix, I am writing this on a computer and posting it on the internet all in the same day.  It is like time is being compressed and no one is watching the clock.

We are not the only important species on this planet.  We will not survive without the others.  As we continue to change things to our will, we better remember that this planet is our home.  We don’t have another plant to move to when we use this one up.   It took millions of years for oil to pool under the Gulf of Mexico.  It took up a few months to foul the water of the Gulf with that oil.  A hundred years from now our food will still come from the soil we poison with pesticides.  We poison our rivers and other water sources like they do not matter.  We are using resources at an unsustainable rate and in the process doing irreparable damage to our home.  We are destroying plant and animal species at a rate that far exceeds their creation.  We may be the most intelligent species on this planet but we are also the most irresponsible.  

Any change affects the planet like ripples on a pond.  We all have that one thing in common.  We share this planet.  The ripples of others affect us all.  We need to consider how the change we make affects this planet we share.  We need to treat this planet, Earth, like we don’t have another one to move to when we have used this one up.  It is our home, our only home.



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      GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

      Just as congressmen and senators are not responsible spending other people's money, we are not being responsible spending the earth's resources. It is first come, first served so those who follow us will do with less.

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      has humans been good to earth 5 years ago

      i need to know if humans are good to earth or not

      please help me

      thank you

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      The earth is a finite resource. Just as termites can kill a tree we can do terminal damage to the earth. Just because we haven't yet doesn't mean we won't. We should take care of this earth as if it were our only home.

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      John Coviello 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Are termites good for trees? No. We need the resources the earth has and harm it in the process of extracting those resources, just as termites harm a tree as they extract the food they need to survive. But earth itself is impartial to our presence since it does not appear to have a mind to have an opinion or feeling about whether or not we are hurting it.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the comment Billrrr. We may be the most intelligent but we don't act like it. Can't argue with your dog and cat placement either.

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      Bill Russo 6 years ago from Cape Cod

      What I liked about this is that you didn't just copy it out of something else and try to make a new hub out of old tires (like so many that are posted). Why does the human race think it is so superior to the other creatures? Dogs may be the noblest beings on this planet and cats might be number two. I am not sure I would even give homo sapiens a spot in the top ten. But I like them - or at least some of them. All in all, I have to say that people are just too smart for their own good.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks C. S. Alexis, I think most people would agree with us. We need to take care of our home.

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      C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

      Wow I really think like you on this subject. We are destroying a wonderful gift and many do not give it a second thought.... And my thought is NO we are not good for this planet! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I want to post a link to this hub for others to read.

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      hawkstrike18 6 years ago

      Well, how many environmental catastrophes caused by us have to happen b4 we start caring about the environment? I don't think many of us will ever wake up and start caring about other things than our sad selves, to be honest.

      Also, I believe even some of the victims of earthquakes could be saved, if "ordinary" ppl had enough money to make earthquake resistant buildings (since I mentioned Japan).

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      hawkstrik18, It may take an environmental catastrophe to focus us on the environment. One caused by man. I don’t think anything short of that will work.

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      hawkstrike18 6 years ago

      Hey... well, we CAN change. But we won't (not many of us anyway) ;/

      I think we're pretty much doomed. For example, see what happened in Japan - we won't be always lucky, and it doesn't have to happen many times... innocents are dying and suffer and some continue supporting nuclear power, risking lives of more unlucky beings. We should try to change while we can, but, again, I doubt many got a brain to see our situation, mainly cause they're blinded by greed and selfishness.

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      nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      One of the solutions would be to replace the profit driven economy by a resourced based economy - responsible capitalism!

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      nextstopjupiter, The problem may be greed but what is the solution? Those representing the earth have a small voice at this time. Overpopulation is addng to the problem. Greed and capitalism go hand in hand. Ever heard of responsible capitalism?

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      nextstopjupiter 6 years ago from here, there and everywhere

      I agree with BobbyRant that greed is destroying our wonderful spaceship Planet Earth. We are all more or less manipulated by these big corporations and their allies, the financial mafia. It is a question of survival to replace this manipulation by education. Thank you for this hub!

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      BobbiRant, greed is largely to blame. Profit rules the earth loses and we are way more dependent on our planet than on profit. Our priorities will change hopefully before it is too late.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Minnetonka Twin, It shoud be our top concern but it isn't.

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      Great hub. Humans who respect the earth and ecosystem are good for earth but good luck finding the small handful of those people. Greed is destroying earth and greed is not something many, especially big corporations will give up willingly.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for reminding us that we are all responsible for the good and the bad done to mother earth and we only get once chance to keep it going. Nice job on this hub.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      Nancy, I think you are right but I believe we can change.

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      nancy  6 years ago

      I think the answer is no...humans are not good for this planet. Great Hub. Thanks!

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      munirahmadmughal, quite a comment! I do believe that that our planet is a beautiful creation and we are charged with caring for it. We can do a lot better. Any and all guidance is helpful. Thanks for commenting.

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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      HSchneider, my point exactly. Thanks for reading.

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      munirahmadmughal 6 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

      "Are humans Good for Planet Earth?"

      The hub is informative. It makes the reader realize his duty towards the home on which we are born, live and die.

      The Creator has created everything including this planet of ours, called the Earth. The Creator of the Earth and also of us and all besides us whether animate or in animate, is God Almighty, whose law is in force in every particle every where at all times. He has created it meaningfully and made the man vicegerent to run its affairs by way of good governance, mutual counsel, and with full awareness and sense of responsibility and also accountability before God Almighty. We see all that is on the erth, in the sea, and in, above and below in the heavens has been subdued for mankind. Man is to man all this with the favour of intellect given to him by the Creator. All treasures and hidden sources natural or othewise are for mankind and it is the man who is to exploit and explore them and then use them for the betterment and welfare of the mankind.This Earth has a right on us that we should live on it peacefully and being grateful and obedient to our Creator. Our Creator is one and Independent. It is we who are in need of many and multiple things which too are Creator's creations.

      The guidance available in the Holy Qur'an is:

      For Verily it is Thy Lord who is the Master-Creator, knowing all things.


      Is then He who creates like one that creates not? will ye not receive admonition?


      "Is not He who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like thereof?" - yea, indeed! for He is the Creator Supreme, of skill and knowledge (infinite)!


      Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the guardian and disposer of all affairs.


      It was we that made the hills declare, In unison with him, Our praises, at eventide and at break of Day,

      And the birds gathered (in assemblies): all with Him did turn (to Allah..

      We strengthened His kingdom, and gave Him wisdom and sound Judgment In speech and decision.

      [38:18 to 20]

      Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before we clove them asunder? we made from water every Living thing. will They not then believe?


      Moreover He comprehended In His design the sky, and it had been (as) smoke: He said to it and to the earth: "Come ye together, willingly or unwillingly." They said: "We do come (together), In willing obedience."


      Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth In six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority): He draweth the night As a veil o'er the Day, Each seeking the other In rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds!


      Verily your Lord is Allah, who created the heavens and the earth In six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority), regulating and governing all things. no intercessor (can plead with him) except after His leave (hath been obtained). This is Allah your Lord; Him Therefore serve ye: will ye not receive admonition?


      He who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between, In six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority): Allah Most gracious: ask thou, then, about Him of any acquainted (with such things).


      It is Allah who has created the heavens and the earth, and all between them, In six days, and is firmly established on the Throne (of authority): ye have none, besides him, to protect or intercede (for you): will ye not then receive admonition?


      He it is who created the heavens and the earth In six days, and is Moreover firmly established on the Throne (of authority). He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. and He is with you wheresoever ye may be. and Allah sees well all that ye do.


      With power and skill did we construct the Firmament: for it is we who create the vastness of pace.


      Blessed be He In whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power;-

      He who created death and life, that He may try which of you is best In deed: and He is the Exalted In Might, Oft-Forgiving;-

      He who created the seven heavens one above another: no Want of proportion wilt Thou see In the creation of ((Allah)) Most Gracious. so turn Thy vision again: seest Thou any flaw?

      Again turn Thy vision a second time: (thy) vision will come back to Thee dull and discomfited, In a state worn out.

      And we have, (from of old), adorned the lowest heaven with Lamps, and we have made such (Lamps) (as) missiles to drive away the evil ones, and have prepared for them the penalty of the Blazing Fire.

      For those who reject their Lord (and Cherisher) is the penalty of Hell: and evil is (such), destination.

      When They are cast therein, They will Hear the (terrible) drawing In of its breath Even As it blazes forth,

      Almost bursting with fury: every time a group is cast therein, its keepers will ask, "Did no warner come to you?"

      They will say: "Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we rejected Him and said, '(Allah) never sent down any (Message): ye are nothing but an egregious delusion!'"

      They will further say: "Had we but listened or used Our intelligence, we should not (now) be among the companions of the Blazing Fire!"

      They will then confess their sins: but far will be (Forgiveness) from the companions of the Blazing Fire!

      [67: 1 to 11]."

      May God bless all.

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      Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very well said GNelson. We have run roughshod on this continent and the world. Everyone needs to consciously think and act on being green. We also need to encourage our government to do so and quickly convert to alternative renewable energy sources. Time is running out and our children will be affected enormously.