Episode 2

White Cotton Yarn, Black Fossil and the Lord of the World

Since the 16th century, new scientific observation of nature began, and people started to learn more about the natural world. Against this background, the first industrial economies emerged. In England, Watt’s invention of the improved steam engine, began a revolution; leading to machines replacing manual labor.

The new economic groups arose from this industrial revolution, which along with the success of the American and later French Revolution’s, reshaped economic and political freedom as an objective for people to pursue.

Accompanied by endless new scientific technology advances, humankind’s individualism blossomed, yet, people pursued economic advancement to the detriment of the environment never recognizing that what their actions might one day lead to dire consequences for their posterity.