Human Relationship with the Environment

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Human Relationship With the Environment

Ever since the first human beings, there has been a relationship between themselves and there environment surrounding them. Much of what is done by humans directly affects and shapes there relationship with there surroundings. We see many similarities as well as many differences from the early humans to more modern humans. Humans today still share a connection with there environment, although in some ways different we are still able to look at early civilizations more in depth knowing what we know today.

In the pre-modern era people relied much more heavily on there environment. They used everything that they could find to survive; this meant finding a healthy water supply, good plant and animal life, and later good soil. Like our agriculture system today, many peoples of the pre-modern era discovered an efficient way to develop there own source of food as well as early domestication of certain animals. Though not to our level of perfection, this is just one similarity that we share with our early human counterparts.

Before the great discovery of agriculture, there was an era known as the Paleolithic Era or “old stone age” (Bentley 7). This era included hunter/gathering style of people who were always on the move finding more food and different water sources. The only thing that mattered to these people was keeping the tribe alive. Each person played there own role. For example, women usually gathered food and water for the tribe, and the men usually did all the hunting. Nothing was ever gained by these people, meaning they never gained any wealth or property (Bentley 7).

As the hunting and gathering lifestyle begins to evolve we see an emergence of what is known as agriculture. People began to settle in one place and grow crops as well as domesticate animals. We see the first examples of this movement in northern Africa around 5,000 B.C. Rising temperatures started to drive people toward large water...
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