If this is indeed the case, if the root of our environmental problems lies deep within our instinctive preference towards humans over nature, then a real and sustainable solution to our climate problem lies not in domain of technology or economics or politics – these offer ways to ‘manage’ the consequence, not address the cause – but in becoming aware of our stance with nature, and in being deeply sensitive to it.
It is a difficult approach to adopt. It can neither be ‘managed’ nor ‘monitored’. It is also not about being aware of – and controlling – our individual carbon footprints or avoiding plastic: these are artificial responses designed to make us feel better, less guilty. Perhaps we can begin simply by caring. If we are able to care deeply – for nature, for the environment – then something might just come out of it.