- Title Pages
- A Note on Related Reading
- Chapter 1 The Third Planet
- Chapter 2 The Home Planet
- Chapter 3 The Rocky Planet
- Chapter 4 The Blue Planet
- Chapter 5 The Veiled Planet
- Chapter 6 The Hazardous Planet
- Chapter 7 The Ancient Planet
- Chapter 8 The Bountiful Planet
- Chapter 9 The Finite Planet
- Chapter 10 The Singular Planet
- Chapter 11 The Uninhabitable Planet
- Chapter 12 The Living Planet
- Chapter 13 The Warming Planet
- Chapter 14 The Polluted Planet
- Chapter 15 The Crowded Planet
- Chapter 16 The Sustainable Planet
- Chapter 17 Water as Sustenance
- Chapter 18 Air as Sustenance
- Chapter 19 Soil as Sustenance
- Chapter 20 Food as Sustenance
- Chapter 21 Energy as Sustenance
- Chapter 22 Materials as Sustenance
- Chapter 23 Prospects for Sustenance
- Chapter 24 Policies for Sustenance
- Related Reading
This concluding chapter looks back to the Earth's considerable history, emphasizing that the history of humanity herein is interlinked with that of many other living things sharing the same planet. To that end, humanity acts as the “co-tenants” on Earth alongside other creatures, albeit with a knowledge and awareness of the Earth's bounty. To that end the chapter emphasizes our obligations to the planet and, furthermore, to attain wisdom beyond humanity's accumulated knowledge of the Earth and its myriad components. It posits, in short, that we engage our planet in a conversation—not merely an interrogation—of the Earth and what it can teach us.
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