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The World without Us

Alan Weisman

The World without Us

by Alan Weisman

The World without Us

Alan Weisman

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The World Without Us explores the impact humanity has on our planet through imagining what would happen to our world if we disappeared.

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The World without Us

by Alan Weisman

The World without Us

Alan Weisman

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Many movies have explored the idea of a potential apocalypse, and what it would mean and look like. Think about I Am Legend, Planet of the Apes, or The Day After Tomorrow, where the human era ends and nature takes over. In The World Without Us, Alan Wiesman approaches the subject from an objective and scientific perspective to show us the impact our disappearance would have on the world as we know it.

With the help of this thought experiment, we can draw some important conclusions on how our behavior must change for us to have a future. Is our influence on the environment so negative that the world would thrive without us? Or have we damaged it enough that it needs us, in spite of everything?

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"Without us, Earth will abide and endure; without her, however, we could not even be."

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