The Importance Of Restoration Ecology

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According to Thomas Malthus, “the power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man” (Brainyquote.com, n.d.). The historical pattern of growth of the worldwide population since our origin started out slowly. Homo sapiens began approximately 130,000 to 160,000 years ago (Annenberg Learner, 2016). In early society, diseases and climate changes kept death rates high and life expectancies were short (Annenberg Learner, 2016). Our population stabilization and increase did not occur until the early 1800’s. At that point in time, our population rose to 1 billion people. Medical advances had begun around this time and this helped to increase our life expectancies. Some milestones in the last 150 years that has helped to increase our population and life expectancies …show more content…
Humans have a responsibility to take care of what the Earth provides us for resources to maintain our existence; however, we must restore what we have broken. If we don’t there will be nothing left for future generations.
Restoration ecology can be a primary part of conservation and sustainable development programs throughout the world. What makes ecological restoration valuable is its ability to provide people with the opportunity not only to repair ecological damage, but also to improve the human condition. Ecological restoration has also been able to renew economic opportunities, traditional cultural practices and refocus the aspirations of local communities (Gann & Lamb, 2006).
We must take the human population size into consideration when we try to develop environmental restoration projects because any attempts to restore ecosystems can be harmed if the population is still growing and still using resources that are being repaired and replaced. Renewing a damaged and degraded ecosystem will take time to

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