When we think about what sets humans apart from other animals, we often focus on our positive traits. We create art, debate ideas, and have religions. We exist in all environments and habitats, from tropical forests and deserts to the Arctic. We’ve even expanded into space.
Among these commendable qualities, there’s one that puts our existence in great danger: our tendency to harm the environment around us.
All species are interconnected like a domino chain, depending on one another for food and the integrity of our habitats. That means the whole world is under threat due to our dark tendencies. How can we better understand where this destructive urge comes from? And how can we learn from our mistakes?
We discuss these questions and more in our Instaread on The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee.