Today's One-Minute Writing Prompt: Earth
The environment suffers due to humanity's actions. Would Earth be better off had humans never appeared?
The Earth has sustained life for billions of years, even before Humans sprang into existence. Nature has a way of taking care of itself and life evolves to support changes in the environment.
Humans have been excessively greedy with increased man-made pollution, destruction of forests and water ways and the continually wasteful ways we choose to live life. I think the Native Americans had it right - we should only take from the Earth what we need to survive and replenish supplies where we can.
As for the question of the Earth being better off, I don't necessarily think this is true, but if Humanity doesn't quit wasting the Earth's resources, the Earth may make another evolutionary change and decrease Human population back down to a manageable size.
It is inconceivable to think that the only reason Earth exists is to support Human life. It is the conceit, vanity and greed of Humans that makes us feel we are better than any other life on Earth, past or present. We are low man (pun intended) on the totem pole of life.