Without forgetting the reality of climate change, we can also be aware that industry and the uses of the elements of the Earth are all part of existence in the deepest sense.
A great book on this subject is the Substance of Civilization by Stephen Sass.
This book discusses the composition and uses of the elements we find on the Earth.
I'm not commenting here on leaving industry alone or about defending bad practices.
I'm saying we can be mindful that the division between natural and man-made is not as sharp as it might seem at first thought, and that we can move forward best when we understand as much of the world as possible.
The everyday world we live in all the time is the best source of knowledge and understanding of what is taking place in life.
The everyday world is accessible and understandable to all.
At least it is if you make some effort to do so.
Just go out and look and around and think about what you are seeing. That's really all you have to do in many respects.
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