"We tend to treat the environment as an object and see nature as a thing that needs to be saved ... But as (environmentalist) David Suzuki says, 'We are one body that breathes one air.' Like it or not, we are dependent on each other," said Mr. [Di Cicco]. "Until we see each other as one body, we can't save the environment. We need to save each other first." This may sound like "fluff," he said, but the reality is, "If you don't know how to act with people, you don't know how to act with nature. If you are selfish with people, you're mindless with what kills people."Today's society is one of "manufactured selfishness" disguising as efficiency, Mr. Di Cicco said. He noted how "the government knows more about us than our neighbours do," and how laws are designed to discourage interaction between people. He cited a town he frequents near Toronto which has a little plaza, a traditional place for local folks to meet and talk, which has been plastered with "No loitering" signs. "We are pretty lonely people," he said.