Trace humankind’s long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this special uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the breathtaking extent of humanity’s influence, revealing how we’ve transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity.
Humanity from Space
A trip through 12,000 years of development, this two-hour special shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, humanity will face numerous challenges in order to survive.
A trip through 12,000 years of development, the film shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. The program considers the challenges humanity will face in order to survive as our global population soars.
The development of steam mechanization changes humanity’s impact on the world forever. From living predominantly agricultural lives, humanity has moved to vast urban settlements, which have grown over the last couple of hundred years. Although this change is relatively recent, our modern global society can now not survive without cities.
It took humanity 11.5 thousand years to reach a global population of one billion people, but only another 130 years to double that. Up until now, humanity has been successful in developing the means to sustain this level of growth, but how can we continue to provide the food, water and power required as the world’s population is set to increase by two billion over a single generation?
From space the illuminated world is a thing of extraordinary beauty. Almost everything we do involves electricity, and this interconnectivity of our electrified world can be seen from space.
In the modern world, technology links all of us. For the first time ever, we can see humanity on a global scale and look at how our vast, planet-spanning networks impact the Earth in a way never before possible — from space.