An Apocalyptic Elegy
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.Tagged in: catch-up service, environment, green politics
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