According to the Bible, Adam named the animals. Once mankind named them, they seemed ours to do with as we wished. Yet we were never as distant as we thought, and if we are learning anything in the Anthropocene, it is that we are not really separate from the plants and animals. An important part of the landscape now, our built environments are also an expression of nature--termites erect mounds, humans erect farms and cities--and can be more, or less, sustainable. The choice is ours.
Diane Ackerman, NY Times, 8/31/14