then human beings can perhaps turn their vast knowledge to the task of solving some of the enormous problems he has created.
Some of those problems have been created by the very technological expertise we have developed, and then unwisely used, but perhaps we have learned our lesson.
Wisely handled, we can use a still further advanced technology to prevent and reverse pollution, develop nonpolluting industries, preserve the beauty of nature and the cleanliness and purity of air, water, and soil. We can learn to conserve the limited resources of the world and distribute what we have more fairly so that as many people as possible can enjoy comfort and security. In a happier world, the threat of nuclear war may disappear, and new energy sources will be developed that will remove the threat of nuclear contamination.
It might be a better world eventually, after all—if not for you, then for your children's children. And with luck, you will be one of those who, when you grow up, will contribute to this better world.
We who went before you left the environment worse than we found it but perhaps you and those born along with you will leave it better than you found it, so that the human race and the world it lives in can be saved.
And if that is so, then welcome indeed.