The Old Testament tells a story about the Earth´s creation. On the sixth day God created a man and a woman and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground." The book of Genesis was written down about 3500 years ago and then there were probably less than 100 million humans on the entire planet. This text proved to be hugely influential and it´s message perhaps taken a bit too seriously. Today there are close to eight billion people on planet Earth, 60 percent of all mammals are our livestock and 70 percent of all birds are farmed poultry. Only 20 percent of the planet's landmass remains as something we can call wilderness and now we are even rapidly changing the climate.
David Attenborough was probably right when he described humanity as "a plague on the Earth" and multiplier of all other environmental problems. And whether or not we agree with the Bible´s statement of us being the masters of the Earth, Homo Sapiens has clearly become it´s ruler. But that also means that this insignificant ape holds the key to the future – for better or worse. We CAN be responsible caretakers and ensure that future generations will not only survive but continue to enjoy this awesome planet.