As to steadily increase. This in turn causes environmental

  As
time goes on, the human population has continued to steadily increase. This in
turn causes environmental stress and many people believe that humans are the sole
cause of all the issues our world is seeing today. Some like Sir David
Attenborough believe that “we are a plague on Earth” (Attenborough, 2013)
and that due to our population growth, will not be able to continue to sustain
ourselves. However, due to human-nature coupled systems this way of thinking is
slightly misguided. For example, the article Deur et al. 2015 talked about the
native people that lived in the Pacific Northwest and how they maintained clam
gardens for food. This relationship is an example of a human-nature coupled
system and one that worked extremely well for everyone involved. When a beach
hasn’t been maintained there are rocks and debris everywhere and the clams are not
very healthy. However once the tribe created a loxiwey, they managed to create
an enhanced ecosystem. The tribe would spend many generations maintaining a
single beach and thus creating a time lag. When they would first start removing
rocks from a beach and prepare it to become a loxiwey the clams aren’t in good
condition, but as they continue to care for the beach the clams become more
abundant and larger. This is evidence of a time lag because the results were
not noticeable at first. The native people also created a self-enhancing
feedback loop, because once they started to maintain the clam gardens, the
clams would become healthier, grow in population size and grow larger, so that
when they were harvested the people were pleased with the outcome, thus making them
want to continue to maintain and care for the clam gardens. 

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