Nature is not perfect, we can improve it

The danger of making nature into a God

We too often think of nature as an absolute good. It must be kept pure, pristine, and totally distinct from humans, who are at best a polluting influence. This mindset is dangerous, argues Arden Rowell. It means we only ask how our projects will degrade the environment, not how they might improve it. Desolate regions of Outer Space, she suggests, reveal that pristineness should not be valued, and that nature, in Space and on Earth, can be improved as well as harmed by human action.


It’s too often assumed that humans and nature are distinct from one another, and that humans are polluting and nature is pure

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