Our world—in danger or indestructible?

How wonderful and unique nature appears to us at certain moments! Take, for example, our small pond, which is in the garden next to our terrace. In the pond are waterlilies, two kinds of reeds, and numerous water snails. It's above five hundred meters from there up a meadowy slope to the edge of the woods. One summer night we might hear a frog, hidden behind waterlily leaves, croaking from the pond, and a few weeks later the water will teem with tadpoles. Our environment is rich with these and similar heartwarming examples—if we keep our eyes open for them.

In contrast to such pastoral joys are the alarming reports in the press about the hole in the ozone layer, which is constantly growing larger and posing an ever greater threat, and about the continuing disappearance of plant and animal species from the earth as a result of thoughtless and ruthless conduct. Does that mean the situation is hopeless?

Dear Sentinel
March 17, 1997

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