Absolutely, but a lot of the damage we do can be lessened with how we do it. If we built and re-built buildings in land that has all ready been cleared for buildings, then we don’t have to extend further into other areas. Buildings that have been built in the best have cleared areas and ecosystems and affected many creatures. Also, by using materials that are naturally available in the locale of where the building is being erected also means there is less of an affect on the environment. Buildings use resources, disturb ecosystems, and create waste, but there are ways to make each of those effects less than they would otherwise be.
Yes, the more buildings we create, the more land and space are needed for them, as well as, the electricity, water, and waste use that come with it. “Sprawl” is a unique theory and term that describes urban development over agricultural and natural environments where facilities (housing, stores, restaurants, etc.) are often segregated and makes travel/commuting inefficient. It hurts the environment because natural habitats are destroyed, air pollution increases, and wildlife are forced to migrate somewhere else. There are some ways to counter sprawl by building upwards rather than across, which can help conserve land, promote biodiversity, and decrease island heating and pollution.
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