Living in a man-made landscape, we easily forget that our well-being is rooted in
natural systems. Yet all human enterprise rests on the foundation of natural systems
that provide a myriad of invisible life-support services. Our connections to these
natural systems may be less direct and obvious than those of an eagle or an otter, but we
are no less deeply implicated in life’s web. No one has stated this fundamental ecological
principle more simply than the early twentieth-century American environmental
philosopher, John Muir. ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find that it is
bound by a thousand invisible cords… to everything in the universe.

Our Stolen Universe

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