"Humans aren’t the ones “transforming” – read, killing – the planet. Civilized humans are. There’s a difference.

It’s the difference between old growth forests and New York City, the difference between 60 million bison on a vast plain and pesticide- and herbicide-laden fields of genetically modified corn. It’s the difference between rivers full of salmon and rivers killed by hydroelectric dams. It’s the difference between cultures whose members recognize themselves as one among many and members of this culture, who convert everything to their own use…
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— Derrick Jensen: The Age of the Sociopath