Environmental Disaster: Looking in the wrong direction

Letter to the Independent in response to Johann Hari’s piece:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-a-turningpoint-we-miss-at-our-peril-2288915.html

Sirs,

Johann Hari’s search for a solution to the impending environmental disaster is commendable, but if he’s looking for the tipping point, he’s facing the wrong direction. He should check over his shoulder first, as we have already passed it. Greed, corruption and stupidity have built such a momentum that there is no longer anything that can be done.

I’m 51 and will be dead by the time it hits, maybe my kids will be too. But my grandchildren will have a hellish time of it. I hope they have the good sense not to have children of their own.

But all is far from lost. Many commentators speak as though this is the end of the world. It isn’t. It’s just the end of humanity in its current form. The world will survive, adapt, and over time will flourish. Hopefully, without humans on it, it will have a better future.

We had our chance. We blew it.

Paul Harper

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