Effects of Modern Civilization on the Environment

It is the ultimate fact that environmental life on earth is being endangered by the increasingly modern civilization. For instance, with industrialization, the environment is immensely polluted which in turn threatens the humankind. Jensen firmly believed that the behaviors of humans are substantially affecting the environment. He advocates for radical change in the society’s undertakings and calls for people to fight for the environment (Jensen, 475). Agreeing to the fact that the increasingly widespread cultural civilization erodes the natural world is a fact to consider. Building up arguments of increasingly provocative premises, Jensen believes that modern civilization will crumble the planet. There should be the restoration of the land base for cultural integrity. Human health is the paramount aspect that is majorly taken into consideration as a result of world deterioration due to civilization. Changes in the quality of life, due to civilization factors show how the damage can be fatal. The pollution of the environment has its many ways of affecting and endangering human health.

Persuasive Responses in Support of Jensen’s Thesis

Modern civilizations have increasingly caused land exploitation. Gone are the days when the preservation of the natural resources was an important aspect. Extensive mining due to plague for diamonds and ivory destroys the land terrain and renders it unproductive. There should be respect for the environment and the quest to keep the environment healthy should not be a topic of discussion. Forests destruction and development of urban ecosystem harm the environment.

Creation of more cities has been among the leading civilizations. These cities, in turn, grow up regarding industrialized firms, cars, and poorly maintained of garbage. The fast spread of urbanization and industrial activities is slowly closing up the ecological corridors leading to a significant adverse effect on the environment. Jensen argues that to maintain a balanced biodiversity, humans should take into account how their daily activities impact the biophysical environment. To help treat biodiversity first, an Introduction of new species should be done. Second, there should be habitat alteration (Jensen, 478). With this, it means zoning up the lands for homes, industrial and agriculture purposes. Deforestation should be widely discouraged as it leads to soil erosion and fragmentation of the natural environments. Lastly, pollution and climate change have to be addressed for cleaner and healthy environment.

Modern civilization has greatly influenced the air that we breathe. The air we inhale is not purely oxygen gas. There is a mixture of harmful gasses that we inhale such as sulfur dioxide, a car born monoxide and nitrogen gas. Air pollution is done through industries and heavy metals that release dust into the environment. Examples of the effects of human pollution on the atmosphere are the build-up of greenhouse gasses and the depletion of the ozone layer. Most people will vehemently clap for the introduction of greenhouses, but wait, are the dangers associated with this such as global warming being considered? Greenhouses lead to solar radiations which eventually cause global warming. In support of Jensen argument, humans are responsible for the excess build of greenhouse gasses and global warming. The harmful gasses damage the ozone layer.  As it is known, ozone layer prevents harmful solar ultraviolet rays from reaching the earth. The ozone layer is being depleted as the thickness shrinks with pollution. Jensen argued that we humans are creating problems for ourselves with the depletion of the ozone.

Land degradation has been increasingly rampant in the recent past. It is the loss of land’s productivity and topsoil. Land degradation is highly attributed to the immense deforestation and carelessness in handling property as a valuable natural resource. A close look at the soil productivity will leave one wondering if the environment will ever regain its balance again from soil erosion and weathering. Individual behaviors such as land clearing provide a very conducive environment for weathering and soil erosion. Jensen claimed that land was being cleared for house construction and grazing. Land clearing will eventually lead to desertification and eventually become barren, no more productive. Use of fertilizers has an adverse effect on the environment. These imported fertilizers kill the bacteria.  Ponds and lakes pollution also endanger the marine species.

There is ecological damage, and this is manifested in the inability to do nature services. Environmental health needs to be advocated for stability and productivity.  Jensen noted in his book that Non-Governmental Organizations and governments around should take up the leading roles in ensuring that the environment is maintained properly.  Environmental assessments need to be constant, and it should be incorporated as one of the planning tools in the government.


Modern civilization and industrialization in particular are, and urgent measures have to be identified to secure planet’s future for the species on the earth.  Jensen argues that agricultural activities are detrimental to the fertility of the land. Modern civilization addresses industry mostly because it largely produces non-renewable and unclean energy to the environment. Focus on technological changes, has widely impacted the lifestyle changes. Recent reluctance in the environmental activities to take up their role in fighting for the environment will mainly hamper the earth.