IMPORTANCE AND VULNERABILITY OF NATURE

“Too many critics of environmentalism characterize any conservation  as some flaky anticapitalist ideological dalliance. They fail to recognize how important nature–clean water, clean air, healthy forests, healthy oceans, and species diversity–is to our daily life and our spiritual well-being, not to mention our economy, and how vulnerable it is to destruction.” — Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York (2008), at p. 194.