Surprisingly the statement was from St. Hildegard of Bingen, who died September 17, 1179. The pollution she addressed was from human bonfires for cooking, clearing vegetation, etc. She was a mystic in tune with nature, writing books on medicine, herbs, and the mystical journey. She was a counselor to great leaders of the time. Contrast this with the level of pollution we now create, and the effort it will now take to protect earth's creatures, the elements around us, and that of the children.
We "wound" nature and then we expect it to take care of us.
We think it doesn't know it is us, wounding it.
We think our collective ancestors - those who have the power, lucidity and ability to watch over us - do not know who is wounding nature and us through our connection and oneness with it.
If we truly love nature, grow to respect it in its fullness, we will seek and find true leadership for our nation and for this world.