"The Industrial Revolution opened up new ways to convert energy and to produce goods, largely liberating humankind from its dependence on the surrounding ecosystem. Humans cut down forests, drained swamps, dammed rivers, flooded plains, laid down tens of thousands of kilometres of railroad tracks, and built sky-scraping metropolises. As the world was moulded to fit the needs of homo sapiens (people), habitats were destroyed and species went extinct. Our once green and blue planet is becoming a concrete and plastic shopping centre."
- Sapiens by Yuval Harari