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On Earth Day: Speaking to Our Nature


This is the third of a five-part, weekly series celebrating Earth Day.

Earth Day is really People Day, isn’t it?

The fate of Earth is now in human hands. And, recognizing this truth, some have named our era the Anthropocene. So it’s high time that we get a grip on what makes this era-making species tick... don’t you think?

Speaking as an environmentalist, I admit that so far our tactics haven’t been as successful as we know they have to be — after all, until the recent global recession carbon emissions continued a pretty steady climb. And in January, a Princeton Survey Research Associates International poll found that only 39 percent of Americans believe that fossil fuels are causing our climate to warm.

So maybe we’ve not yet grasped well enough how to reach our species, the giants of Anthropocene.

Sometimes it can feel that humans just