[...] the more ecological pressures increase, the more they impose restrictions on individual freedom, either spontaneously or through the state. The following example sheds light on how the question arises: in the analysis of traffic accident statistics in Great Britain, specialties found that pedestrians, especially children, provided a death. Fortunately, this rate has decreased in recent years. Why? Roads have not become safer, say the experts, but families have adapted to road traffic: children are no longer allowed to go to school on foot or play outside. And the report concludes: the increase in freedom allowed by the generalization of automobiles "occurred at the cost of a loss of freedom and choice for children".
Thus, it is not the Earth that is in danger. But because of the degradation of the conditions of functioning of the biosphere, the values of justice, freedom and beauty that we try to inscribe in everyday life. The challenge is no longer to "save the planet", but to modify a social organization whose ecological impact reflects the way in which it considers these values.
Extract of "The whale that hides the forest", By Hervé Kempf.
Edition La Découverte, Paris, 1994.