When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.
Land belongs to a vast family of wich many are dead, few are living and countless numbers are still unborn.
Suddenly, as a revelation, I saw the Earth as a living planet. The quest to know and understand our planet as one that behaves like something alive, and which has kept a home for us, has been the Grail that beckoned me ever since. It came to me suddenly, just like a flash of enlightenment, that to persist and keep stable, something must be regulating the atmosphere... My mind was well prepared emotionally and scientifically and it dawned on me that somehow life was regulating climate as well as chemistry. Suddenly the image of the Earth as a living organism … emerged in my mind. At such moments, there is no time or place for such niceties as the qualification ‘of course it is not alive – it merely behaves as if it were’.
J. Lovelock (2000) Homage to Gaia: The Life of an Independent Scientist, Oxford: