- No other species has caused as much impact on the planet as us.
I am curious to know if it is correct to paraphrase the above sentence as follows:
- No other species has exerted as much influence over the planet as us.
Actually, I want to know which was is correct and suitable?
In dictionary, influence means:
the power to have an effect on people or things, or to affect or change how someone or something develops, behaves, or thinks
while impact means:
a powerful effect that something, especially something new, has on a situation or person.
Therefore, I guess the second sentence is not correct because our activities do not change the plant's opinions it affect its situation!
However, it can be correct if we think that our impact on the earth, kind of makes the earth change its behavior or they way it functions. If we look at it this way, we should accept that planet is alive! Maybe the second sentence is also correct metaphorically?