The idea that mankind's first glimpse of Earth from space transformed our eco-consciousness is a common theme. But Naomi Klein—whose negative take on the Hopenhagen climate exhibit previously riled my colleague Matthew—has an interesting take on why this perspective has its limits. In an interview with Rob Hopkins of the Transition Towns Movement, she argues that its time for us to come down from space and get our hands dirty:
I think the movement has lost its feminine side. I have a bit of a thing about how we have to stop looking at the Earth from space - like with the astronaut's eye view. I understand that theme of the planet being fragile as a breakthrough in environmental consciousness, but now I think we need to get over the idea that we're hovering over the planet and can see it from space, and get back down in the dirt!