It's little wonder that some people long for nature as it once existed before the footprint of human progress and civilization exacted a heavy toll on the earth and its ecosystems. We rue the loss of some species and the vanishing of wild places, and many of us desire to return the natural world to its once pristine state.
George Monbiot argues that aside from being resilient and resourceful, nature is neither sentimental nor nostalgic for its own past.
Monbiot's column in The Guardian newspaper is one of the most widely read and influential in Britain. He is one of Britain's most provocative environmentalists. He has written several books; his latest is called Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life.
In Feral, he argues that if we just stopped molesting nature or trying to improve on it, we'd find it would lick its wounds and get back to business, although not necessarily in a form we'd recognize or approve of. And in letting nature call the shots, we might recapture an essential wildness within ourselves.
George Monbiot spoke with guest host Laura Lynch from Oxford, England.