"Man has been endowed with reason,
with the power to create,
so that he can add to what's been given.
But up to now he hasn't been a creator,
only a destroyer.
Forests keep disappearing,
rivers dry up,
wild life's become extinct,
the climates ruined,
and the land grows poorer and uglier every day."
-- Anton Chekhov (1864-1943)
Photo courtesy of Giovanni Neri