Some of you may have seen this, but consider the “other” side of this story that the video fails to mention.
The title is “What would happen if humans disappeared“, but it should have been “What humans have done.”
The video is highly inaccurate with regards to the Earth recovering from our pollution. It would only be true in a perfectly re-balanced world (where the energy imbalance does not exist) – which will not happen for hundreds of thousands of years.
The video assumes that natural carbon sinks (storage of carbon) will all return to acting normally. It won’t.
Climbing temperatures will continue for centuries, wiping out most forms of life on the surface and in the ocean. Oxygen depletion will finish the job. Surface fauna will disappear in many regions under hellish fires. Desertification will continue unchecked. Once the sulfates aerosols fall out of the atmosphere from human emissions, temperatures will rise rapidly. And stay that way for thousands of years. This is already well-known.
Alan Wiesman in The World Without Us does a better job of explaining how much destruction we have caused and what we will leave behind. However, the “self-healing” capacity of the Earth narrative still misses out on climate change, which is unforgivable. Rising sea levels will continue unabated for centuries, flooding coastlines the world over. Ice, permafrost, soils and sea floors will continue to warm, releasing CO₂ and methane. Temperatures will continue to climb to hothouse Earth levels extinguishing most life on the planet.
THAT is what we are really leaving behind – DEATH.
No, the Earth does not need us, but we certainly do need it. What we’ve done to the Earth and all the life within it is beyond criminal.