Analyzing Human Impact On Environment Essay

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Analyze human impact on environment throughout time.
Humans in the beginning of the foraging era had a limited impact on the environment but the impact was becoming bigger and bigger. They relied on their natural surroundings for survival. Whenever humans colonize lands, the land’s animals disappear. As a matter of fact, archaeologists pinpoint the dates of these extinctions more precisely and the extinctions appear to coincide with the first arrival of modern humans.(page 28) The foragers’ method of “fire-stick farming” also resulted environmental impacts. Fire-stick farming created new and mixed plant and animal species.(page 28) During the agrarian era, agriculture had a significant human impact on the natural environment. It modified the environment with their ways of living. Farmers used nature far more than people did back then (page 33). As stated on page 34, “Agriculturalists manipulated plant and animal species so intensely that they began to alter the genetic makeup of prey species.”

Analyze changes and continuities in the way human societies are structured. During the foraging era, they didn’t have social classes like we do today. Their society was dependent on families and relationships. In fact, anthropologist Eric Wolf described small-scale societies as “kin-ordered.”(page 19) Additionally, in This Fleeting World, it states that “Family was society in a way that is difficult for the inhabitants of modern societies to appreciated.”(page 19) Hierarchies were…

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