James Lovelock suggests that Earth is self-regulating and does not need saving. He also mentions, in the short video, that social insects such as termites and ants were some of the first organisms to live in "cities". Living in close communities where everyone has a role to play in the survival of the population has been shown to be a successful way of living.
James Lovelock has spent his career in science defying the mainstream, with startling results. He accurately measured the extent of ozone depletion in the atmosphere using home-made equipment, and is most famous for the Gaia hypothesis, which suggests the Earth is a self-regulating system that enables life to exist on the planet. The theory shaped environmental scientists' exploration of climate change. As London's Science Museum opens a new exhibition dedicated to his life and work, Lovelock gives Ian Sample an exclusive tour