Take a deep breath. Now, think about everything that has influenced the air you just inhaled: the HVAC in the building, the particulate matter from nearby vehicle exhaust, and even regional weather systems and atmospheric jet streams. And don’t forget about all the phytoplankton and plants that produced the oxygen diffusing into your blood at this very moment. Each breath is interconnected to a vast array of other systems: from the hydrological cycle of the planet, to policies regulating the automotive industry; from forests and oceans, to the mining for the raw materials to construct the duct work.

What is the most important thing to you right now? Not many of probably answer saying, “The atmosphere,” or “Phytoplankton.” This is interesting, because the very next breath you take utterly depends on them.

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