It makes me wonder about our impact on the environment in a certain way. Most of the time I feel like we have a great capacity to leave a negative mark on the earth, as seen by our anthropocentric activities like development, oil drilling, mountaintop coal removal, etc. etc. A very small piece of me occasionally thinks- what if we really can't change much at all? An example is in Pollan when he describes Dudleytown. Nature is so resilient and has time and time again taken over what we humans have abandoned. If we shoot millions of mirrors into the atmosphere will we really see any kind of result? If we leave the stripped mountains will mother nature make them her own again despite environmentalists' cries that it will never be "the same" again? I'm still not sure what I think.
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