“We will finally learn how to work with nature rather than against it. In the end, after a lifetime’s exploration of the living world, I’m certain of one thing. This is not about saving our planet, it’s about saving ourselves.

The truth is, with or without us, the natural world will rebuild. In the 30 years since the evacuation of Chernobyl, the wild has reclaimed the space. Today, the forest has taken over the city. It’s a sanctuary for wild animals that are very rare elsewhere. And powerful evidence that however grave our mistakes, nature will ultimately overcome them. The living world will endure. We humans cannot presume the same. We’ve come this far because we are the smartest creatures that have ever lived. But to continue, we require more than intelligence. We require wisdom.”

Sir David Attenborough

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