What is the planet’s health condition? This question is not easy to answer, especially because it concerns several aspects and factors that are not easy to visualize at the same time. However, it is not only our duty as inhabitants to ask questions about the quality of our common home, but it is an increasingly urgent issue because, obviously, our ability to survive as a human species depends on the state of our planet. Maybe we are at the first point of reflection: We are at risk due to climate change, the destruction of natural resources, over-exploitation of the environment for production and the erosion of fragile habitats due to demographic pressure. It is not the planet’s but rather the human species’ future at stake.
The idea that 7 billion people can end the life of a 5-billion-year-old planet is, in fact, at least a little eccentric, if not outright megalomaniacal. And it’s the same cultural premise that makes the relationship we have with the Earth often predatory, a matter of domination rather than balance and adaptation.