Science offers us total mastery over our environment and over our destiny, yet instead of rejoicing we feel deeply afraid.
Anthropologist Edmund Leach
Wild places are the “the preservation of the world”.
Thoreau (19th century)
Humanity is completely dependent on nature for clean air and water, food and materials, as well as inspiration and happiness.
Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF
The collapse of wildlife is, with climate change, the most striking sign of the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological era in which humans dominate the planet. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,”
Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre
On average an individual’s emissions are 7.5 tonnes of CO2 per year, in UK, which equates to the loss of 22.5 sq metres of summer Arctic sea ice. That’s a pretty sobering thought.”
Prof Len Shaffrey, at the University of Reading
What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.
Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illuminations of the mind, which follows the advance of science.
Charles Darwin (1880)
Human beings are part of the pattern too and we need to make sure it stays big, beautiful and complicated, because we could not live on an Earth where we had counted down instead of up from LOTS to one.