Do we return to ways the earth can sustain while the earth still has wildness in it, or do we postpone the inevitable until we have severed outright and irrevocably those unbroken living connections to the beginning of life that wilderness has preserved? Dare we repudiate the evolutionary force?

Better goals are desirable, worth predicting now, worth the struggle to make the predictions come true, far superior to acquiescence in forecasts we have been getting lately of a world devoid first of charm, then of love, and finally of life. . . .