A Quote by J. E. Lovelock on gaia, earth, animal, mistake, and extinct

We are the intelligent elite among animal life on earth and whatever our mistakes, [Earth] needs us. This may seem an odd statement after all that I have said about the way 20th century humans became almost a planetary disease organism. But it has taken [Earth] 2.5 billion years to evolve an animal that can think and communicate its thoughts. If we become extinct she has little chance of evolving another.

James Lovelock

Source: James Lovelock (The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

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