“Comparison of the modifications in the environment over the last 300 years to changes over the last 10,000 years demonstrate the unprecedented nature, scale and rate of human induced changes in the earth’s environment. In the last 300 years, humankind has demonstrated the capacity to change the environment on a scale that far exceeds the rate of natural environmental changes, as human population, economic growth and technological capacity have combined to create human-influenced ecosystems on much of the land and coastal areas of the earth. Human actions have significantly altered biogeochemical cycles, of both land and water along with biotic diversity.”

Extract from Limits of Consumption: Environmental Degradation and Ancient Wisdom by Gauri Shankar Gupta