HUMAN FOOTPRINT: Effects of 7.6 Billion People on Earth

Last Updated: March 20, 2019

Human Footprint Population Growth

In flesh and blood, 7.6 billion humans call Earth their home. The emergence of humans has left a profound impact on the planet.

We customize our environment by erecting cities, chopping down forests and altering the chemical makeup of the atmosphere. Unequivocally, humans are transforming the landscape at an unsustainable rate.

It has the potential to support life for over a billion years longer. The universe’s age is 13.7 billion years ago. Stars will continue to form for another 100 trillion years.

We talk about terraforming Mars. But we can’t even take care of our own. In a game of cat and mouse, the clock is ticking. Just like 99% of species that ever existed, we’re not extinction proof.

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