It does worry humans. But I think not the majority of the population due to the fact that they are not directly being affected by the issues with the animals. For example, the ice caps are melting and it is prediced that the North Pole may be completely free from ice during the Summer fairly soon if we continue the current trend. This will have an effect on polar bears, seals and many other creatures. What would be the direct effect we humans would feel is uncertain, but it could be that if that ecosystem is perterbed slightly, we will still have enough gas to power our cars and electricity to heat our homes. Therefore, I think the majority of the population will not really get worried about this issue until they have some sort negative consequence.
I think the cliche saying comes into play on this topic, where things are “out of sight out of mind.” Not everyone interacts with animals or sees the impact we’re making on their habitat, and some of those who DO see it don’t care. However, I believe the human species is very rare, and most of why we have evolved to our type of lifestyle, is because of our ability to reason. Yes, survival of the fittest has played a part in the evolution of species, and many argue that humans are above all the rest….but this perspective is extremely limited in actuality. As Charles Darwin noted, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Humans have a natural tendency for domination and survival, as all species do, but they also have the ability to reason and foster compassion. These traits seem to be increasing at an exponential rate, and awareness —another form of ‘worry’— is increasing as well.
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