“It was my students who asked, ‘What do you think the (Easter) islander who cut down the last tree said as he was doing it?’ And then my students speculated:
- “Never fear, technology will solve our problems by finding a substitute for wood!”
- “This land and this tree are my private property and I can do anything with them that I please. Keep the Big Government of the Chiefs off my back!”
- “You lily-livered green environmentalists, you care more about trees than about jobs! We need more research a ban on logging would be premature!”
“I have 100% faith that we can make wiser choices. What’s up for grabs is will we make wiser choices?” Jared Diamond.