Watch Our Virgin Planet Get Conquered By Humans In 200 Years

It’s the most inspiring and depressing animation you’ll watch all week.

You have a choice. You can either watch one of the most amazing earth animations I’ve ever seen—a piece by Globaïa that gives you a front row view from space as the Industrial Revolution terraforms our quaint planet into a global metropolis. You’ll see the rise of roads, shipping routes, underwater cabling everything else that’s part of Facetiming from halfway across the world or stocking your local Whole Foods with produce that our grandfathers probably never saw with their own eyes.

It’s rarely inspiring, a silent poem told in glowing grids and arcs of color, a testament to human ingenuity—a species-wide collaborative thought that’s clearly beyond the scope of any one of us.

Or, you can watch the exact same video with narration. You’ll be reminded that all of these pretty lights have come at an extreme cost, and on a planet that’s billions of years old, we’ve entered the anthropocene, a time when geology is dominated by humanity, not mother nature.

It’s remarkable the difference an audio track can make.

[Hat tip: treehugger]

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  • Ali

    That video is silly. It doesn't tell us what it's measuring, it states several theories that have yet to be proved and some facts that are flatly 30 year old falsehoods and suggests a very false spreading of power/energy.

    It was a visually representation of crap.

  • Vongsawat Wongkijjalerd

    The difference the audio track makes is indeed remarkable.. if only because the video doesn't really make sense without it =/ the first video seems to suggest everything started in the UK and spread outwards (cleared up in the second video) and the pulsating ice cap at the end?.. didn't really make sense without the spoken context (still doesn't really) not sure why an emphasis was made in the article about the distinction between the two videos..

  • Mari Pascal

    well put: the most depressing and inspiring animation one will watch all week.

  • Weslie Henderson

    You watch depressing and visually stimulating videos like this weekly?