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An Apocalyptic Elegy

John Rentoul

globe 261x300 An Apocalyptic ElegyI went away for only the long Easter weekend, but there is a lot to catch up on.

Mike McCarthy’s article in which he took his leave of 15 years as The Independent’s environment editor on Saturday was a lovely example of the apocalyptic eco-elegiac tradition.

If, over the past decade and a half, you have closely observed what is happening to the Earth, week in, week out, you may take a dark view of the future; and I do … I still think Man will destroy the Earth. It is a pessimistic valedictory note I offer, for you cannot focus closely on what is happening and not be a pessimist.

The only surprise was that such a fine pedant should confuse, as environmentalists often do, the survival of human kind with that of the planet. I suspect that the Earth will be all right, and much of its ecological diversity will recover, but that humans won’t be on it.

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  • porkfright

    For once I agree with you, John.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterRisdon Peter Risdon

    Given a long enough timescale, you’re bound to be right; our descendants won’t be humans. Otherwise, it’s milleniarist.

  • Whyshouldihavetoregister

    And you’re still an ignoramus.

  • porkfright

    Thee’s always one, pal. Apparently you’re it.

  • JohnJustice

    “I suspect that the Earth will be all right, and much of its ecological diversity will recover, but that humans won’t be on it.”

    So that’s alright then. We can all get back to more important things, like thinking up questions to which the answer is no.

  • reformist lickspittle

    So why, John, are you such a devoted and unswerving supporter of the exact same neo-liberalism that is doing so much to put our planet – and humanity – in peril??

    Our *only* hope is to rein in the tiny, power-crazed, super-rich minority.

    It HAS to be done.


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