When Humans Impose on the Environment, Expect Negative Outcomes

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Before the use of technology, humans had to solely rely on the environment to fulfill their daily needs. Humans respected, and even feared nature for its destructive capabilities. Before the use of technology, humans were connected with nature at an almost spiritual level. They knew how to use the environment and sustain it at the same time. Before technology, there was a natural balance between nature and humans. Unfortunately, as humans developed by advancing in industry and technology, a lot of the respect and fear once held for nature was lost, which lead to an increase in the occurrences of environmental problems. The more humans used technology, the more they imposed themselves on the environment, and the more their connection with …show more content…
Towards the beginning of the article Zimmerman states:
Killer whales have been starring at marine parks since 1965. There are 42 alive in parks around the world today- SeaWorld owns 26 of them- and over the years more than 130 have died in captivity. Until the 1960’s, no one really thought about putting a killer whale in an aquarium, much less in a show. The public knew little about them beyond the fact that they sounded dangerous. (331)
Zimmerman provides an excellent example of humans imposing on the environment and losing respect for nature. As different types of entertainment developed over the years, humans decided it would be a good idea to take killer whales from their natural habitats and use them for entertainment purposes. In nature, every organism is connected in some way. When the whales were taken from their natural habitats, part of that connection with other organisms was lost. As society developed different forms of entertainment, the respect for killer whales, and nature in general, was lost. Unfortunately, Zimmerman’s article is only one example of people losing respect for nature. Similarly to Zimmerman, Amy Irvine shows that humans have lost their respect for nature in her article “Spectral Light.” Irvine’s article describes a dangerous encounter between her husband and a black bear in their yard, along with the reactions of the townsfolk. After her husband’s encounter with the bear, there
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