"Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day," written by Anton Chekhov in his play "Uncle Vanya" in the end of the Nineteenth century. "Uncle Vanya" was published in 1897 and first got to the stage in 1899.
Now, wait a little bit, does not it sounds as someone would say hundred years later, in the beginning of the Twenty-first century? Sounds very current and actually engage in the local news from "New York Times."
Also it demonstrates the incredible vision of Chekhov, one of the greatest Russian playwrights of the 19th Century.