“Humans have a tendency to fall prey to the illusion that their economy is at the very center of the universe, forgetting that the biosphere is what ultimately sustains all systems, both man-made and natural. In this sense, ‘environmental issues’ are not about saving the planet — it will always survive and evolve with new combinations of atoms — but about the prosperous development of our own species.”
— Carl Folke (Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University)
A timely thought.
As an aside, here’s an interesting historical perspective (up to 2008):
Picture credit here.