For the first time, the public and industry would begin to grasp the concept of sustainable production and development.
There were many indicators that the Industrial Revolution propelled the world human population into an era of living and production at the ultimate expense of the human condition.
It also impacted the resources that had been taken for granted for the entire prior history of humankind.
Fossil fuels replaced wind, water and wood, used primarily for the manufacture of textiles and the development of iron making processes.
The full impact of the Industrial Revolution would not begin to be realized until about 100 years later in the 1800s, when the use of machines to replace human labor spread throughout Europe and North America.
This is the principle of environmental unity – a change in one system will cause changes in others.
Certainly, the seeds of progress – and the ramifications of that progress – were planted then. By the dawn of the first millennium AD, estimates place the total world (modern) human population at between 150 – 200 million, and 300 million in the year 1,000.The population of the United States population is currently 312,000,000 (August 2011).It wasn’t that the Industrial Revolution became a stalwart juggernaut overnight.It started in the mid-1700s in Great Britain when machinery began to replace manual labor.It will happen, but it will take time, continued ingenuity and vast economic incentives to transform dependence on this fuel that fostered the growth and prosperity launched by the Industrial Revolution.