[...] More environmental pressures grow, the more they impose restrictions on individual freedom, either spontaneously or through the state. The following example actually sheds light on how the question arises: in the statistical analysis of road accidents, in Britain, the specialists found that pedestrians, especially children, providing a significant share of death. Fortunately, this rate declined in recent years. Why? The roads are not become safer, experts say, but families have adapted to the traffic: we do not let the children go to school on foot or play outside. And the report concludes: increased freedom allowed by auto generalization "took place at the cost of loss of freedom and choice for children."
Thus, this is not the Earth is in danger. But, by the effect of the deterioration of operating conditions of the biosphere, the values of justice, freedom and beauty we are trying to include in the daily. The challenge is no longer to "save the planet", but to change a social organization whose ecological impact reflects how it considers those values.
Extract of "The whale that hides the forest", Hervé Kempf.
Edition La Découverte, Paris, 1994.