The BBC has created a thought-provoking video that poses the question: What would the Earth look like without humans?
The video is a little over three minutes long, but delves into the possibilities of what would happen to animal and plant life if humans were no longer around to interfere with their habitat.
It also examines what would happen to the infrastructures built by humans, such as cities, underground sewage and power stations.
Without humans to maintain these systems, then the power of nature would eventually destroy them.
The narrator explains: “Within weeks plants begin to take over buildings with the strongest species completing for space.
“Fast forward in time and farmland is blanketed by shrubs and trees, and scattered on the surface are the things that will never degrade.”
The video goes on to speculate about how some of nature’s endangered species could flourish once again, without humans destroying their habitat and hunting them for financial gain.
It suggests that animals such as elephants and lions could eventually make their way to Europe, without any man-made obstacles to overcome.
The video concludes by summarising the human impact on the planet. It says: “The Earth is a breathing organism that has lived with us for a fraction of its life. Our human ingenuity has led to extraordinary changes to the world.
“The planet would survive, indeed thrive, without us. But it would never be able to forget us. We’d have left our mark.”
The video is part of the BBC’s Ideas programme. Take a look for yourself below.