“We are nature. What we do to nature, we do to ourselves.”
– Satish Kumar, author of Soil, Soul, Society and Editor Emeritus of the Resurgence Trust
7.5 billion humans on Earth (and counting) depend on healthy, functioning ecosystems. The world’s forests, oceans, rivers – its natural systems – along with the diversity and abundance of species that make them up, regulate the air we breathe, provide the food we eat, the water we drink, and protect us against some of the most dangerous impacts of climate change.
We are part of the natural world and whatever language we use to describe the phenomenon – the Anthropocene, the Sixth Mass Extinction – there is no question that our actions are beginning to shape nature in ways that are not just harmful for other life forms but, fundamentally for ourselves too.