In our modern societies we have unfortunately lost much of this ability to picture us as parts of a larger global system. To cope with our ever more complicated lives we have divided everything into little packages and sectors and imagine that one doesn´t really have to know what the other does. Our education system starts preparing us for this at an early age. We learn biology, history, mathematics and languages without minding how these connect. We become teachers and doctors and lawyers and engineers without knowing or even caring much what the other professions do. Our governments are divided so we have ministers of environment, education, fisheries, finance and it often seems that they each run their own agenda without taking the big picture into consideration.
Nature is not something that we can set aside and visit now and then. The big system we are all a part of is actually nature and we are unfortunately oblivious of the effects that our activities have on it. To change this is the most important task of our future. Only by accepting that we are all a part of nature can we hope to find ways to a happy and prosperous future for the 10 billion future inhabitants of planet earth. Realizing that we are a part of nature doesn´t mean that we all have to move into cabins in the mountains and take up subsistence farming. It is projected that two thirds of the world population will live in cities and urban areas by 2050. As long as we understand the big picture, the concentration of population may actually help to minimise our environmental impact on the planet. The increasing concentration of people in cities can provide a way of more economically providing services and better access to health care and education.