This was an assignment for my TECH WRITING: SCIENCE, PUBLIC WRITING, AND NEW MEDIA course informing the public on a controversial subject… I know that this is very radical and Im not saying we should going around killing people as a management plan. I just want people to see that humans can be/are an invasive species. Lots of people will say we can’t be invasive because we made the term but I think thats the point… just because we are “more intelligent” than other species doesn’t mean that we can just take over the world with out looking at the consequences and impacts it has on other species.
I am aware that some people will get offended when I say that humans are an invasive species, but my goal is not to offend anyone. I would just like for people to see that humans are being very destructive to the environment. An article from Surprising Science is one that I though was interesting as it applies humans to invasive species terms. The other links are also found in the Surprising Science article, but I wanted to place them here too because I think they can help some people understand what invasive species are and what they do.
Laws and Regulations of invasive species
All about Invasive Species: Invasive Species Specialist Group
Before we start to look at us Humans as an invasive species, I’d like to give an example of how invasive plants and animals can be destructive and harmful to the environment they reside in.
In this example, Dr. Jonathan Arzt discovered the source of a critical ailment to Easter Islands’ horses and livestock. The source was an invasive plant species that humans had planted on the island to control erosion after roads were built. The following is a documentary of Dr. Arzt discovery and his efforts to help the animals and people of Easter Island.
(The video is found in three parts. Part two and three can be found in the side bar on the right side of the page. Or you can click
TERRA 111: Caballo Loco on Easter Island PART ONE
TERRA 112: Caballo Loco on Easter Island PART TWO
TERRA 113: Caballo Loco on Easter Island PART THREE