“We’re living in a zoo. And we’re both the animals and the zookeepers now.”
14 Mar 2010
“Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re living in a zoo. And we’re both the animals and the zookeepers now.”
That’s one of my favorite quotes in Jeff Goodell’s upcoming book How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate.
It comes from from physicist David Keith, who’s talking about geoengineering—the idea of engineering the whole planet to fight global warming. But the point holds in general. We’re shaping the whole world so much—redirecting rivers, fixing nitrogen, spewing CO2—that humanity is already a planetary force.