Humans Are Becoming City-Dwelling “Metro Sapiens”

November 24, 201442-59649894.jpg__800x600_q85_crop Smithsonian
Cities have been around for thousands of years, since the first were settled in Mesopotamia between 4000 and 3000 B.C. But only over the last several centuries have humans moved into cities en masse. Now more than half the world’s population can be found in urban areas. “Cities are very much the dominant habitat of our species,” writes Jason Vargo in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
Vargo, a public health scientist and urban planner at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Global Health Institute, argues that humans, at least in current population numbers, can no longer survive in solely rural lifestyles. To live sustainably, people need to embrace their inner urbanites—and recognize our species not as Homo sapiens, but “Metro sapiens”. Vargo spoke with Smithsonian.com about this audacious proposal and what it means for our future on Earth:

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