About five or six years ago, I read Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. Its content has stuck with me many times over.
In the book, Chernobyl is referred to as one of those "worlds". And a PBS show featured that area as a good example of how nature reestablishes itself.
Living in a rural area (north central Indiana), I'm very cognizant of the war between man and nature. Farmers subdue all nature's attempts. Weeds, grasses, trees, wild animals are plowed, burned, poisoned, run over, cut down, etc.
Hiking and running trails are a joke. I ran a 5k race yesterday down and back along a highway!! But even county roads are nothing more than paths through corn and bean fields (barren in winter). It's become a monotonous "world with us". It's getting more and more difficult to find a large natural area, unspoiled and uninhabitated by humans.
Furthermore (and in addition), I've discovered people know very little about names of trees, weeds, flowers, even animals. In a recent example, I had a farmer friend who didn't know an ash tree or even poison ivy! And when I said I had a vole problem in my sweet potatoes, he had no clue what a vole was. Others I asked had no idea either.
So, one of my missions in life is to create a world without us. No, I'm not going to start killing people. As fortune would have it, I inherited 120 acres of prime farmland. It borders a small, but growing town of 1500. I've promised myself: a) not to sell any part of it, i.e., no home lots, and b) to eliminate corn and soybeans year after year after year.
What I have done thus far is maintain 10 acres of woodlots and fence row, and establish a 3.3 acre strip (along a creek/ditch) of prairie grass (big bluestem). The latter is compliments of the government's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) which I took advantage of 11 years ago.
Further, I've deeded 20 acres to my daughter and son-in-law to be used for "sustainable vegetable farming" and "loaned" them another 20 acres for pasture and more vegetables. This is their second year. If things go well, I will eventually turn the whole farm over to them with plans of raising animals (range chickens, cattle, hogs) and fruit trees. If I can talk them into it (and it's my land!), I would like a small herd of bison! I love the idea of buffalo grazing the prairie grass.
The bottom line is: I don't like where we're headed in a "people dominating nature" world, and as a nature lover and environmentalist, I want "to put my money where my mouth is." I'm lucky to have that opportunity and hope to make the best of it.