As a driver of global change, humanity has outstripped geology.
I could have composed a more beautiful chorus and made it more attractive by varying it. But then I would have been a mere musician and ignored Nature.
Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made.
What is a civilization worth if it cannot protect the natural conditions that gave birth to it?
I hope we aren’t the first species to document our own extinction.
We can scarcely be warranted in supposing that all the productive powers of [Earth’s] surface can be made subservient to the use of man, in exclusion of all the plants and animals not entering into his stock of subsistence.
More broadly what does it mean to be human when this means to be part of a global force that changes everything—even the future of an entire planet? What does nature even mean in an age of humans?
Journalists, by focusing relentlessly on the dysfunction, feed into people’s sense of fatalism. They begin to think that nothing will ever work.