CHAPTER 8

SUSTAINABILITY

With an Introduction by Jochen Zeitz

I wonder whether there will still be living species in 150 million years (the same length of time that separates us from the dinosaurs) and what they will say about us. Will they ask how many species that were still familiar in the twenty-first century have died out? Will we ourselves possibly be among those extinct breeds? Will the intelligent life forms of the future (highly developed, no doubt) be similar to us, if only genetically? Will they regard us as the problem species that caused the ship of life to sink? Or will they see us as the generation that finally came to its senses and reversed the ship’s course?

We can assume that the dinosaurs couldn’t foresee or prevent their ...

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