The Maasai bless the East African grasslands that feed their cattle, yet they know that the human tide has never stood still in Africa.
For the first time, a father irrigates a patch of earth and gains the chance to feed his family; a mother switches on lights in her home when it darkens, a newly paved road links to villagers, and now they are open to a wider world.
A change for the better. This is a corner stone of civilisation. During the past century, humanity’s imprint has spread faster on the planet than at any time in history.
In comparison with Asia and Europe, the human tread on Africa is relatively light.
Everything is changing rapidly for Africa, every few minutes babies are born in Nigeria, five acres of forest will fall in Zambia and more new homes will be built in South Africa.
Each small step has its consequence, for Africa and those who share it.
The global picture, in the world’s 6,5 billion people have left their mark on eighty per cent of the planet’s total land surface. That figure rises to ninety eight per cent in places where it’s possible to grow, wheat, rice, or corn, such as in much of the United States, Brazil, and India.
Humans use twenty to forty per cent of the plants produced on Earth each year, and fifty four per cent of accessible fresh water runofff, levels that threaten critical ecosystems.
Consumption of natural resources is soaring in places like the U.S.and China, and global population is set to increase by more than one billion in just fifteen years. The world’s remaining wild places-like the forests of northern Canada and Russia, the high plateaus of Mongolia and Tibet, and the rain forests of the Amazon and Africa, may not remain wild for much longer.