The Menace of Humanity

The human species is the most intelligent animal on Earth, but isn’t it sad that it uses its intelligence mainly for perverse and malevolent purposes?  We are overly and inexplicably arrogant about our ‘rights’, but have little or no regard to our responsibilities as custodians of the well-being of the planet for future generations, and…

They Said It!

Population Matters has put together a very thought provoking collection of quotations expressing concern over human over-population from a wide variety of sources over many centuries.  They demonstrate that this is not a new concern, although some may argue that early concerns were probably unfounded.  It is truly amazing that with so many influential people alive at present who…

Killing The Golden Goose

In an earlier post “The Blue Planet” I wondered whether we might actually be alone as the only sentient beings in our galaxy, if not the Universe, and if so that suggests a great responsibility on us to ensure that we live in a sustainable way on our unique planet. Having watched ‘Human Universe’ on…

The Blue Planet

Easter Sunday 2014 and together with Mrs C I am walking along an almost completely deserted beach on a nature reserve near Knysna in South Africa. Almost deserted except for a couple of folk line fishing from the beach (should they be doing that in a nature reserve – who knows).  We walked on way…

Why ‘Re-wilding’ the UK is a Good Idea

According to Wikipedia, re-wilding is: ‘large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species. Rewilding projects may require ecological restoration, particularly to restore connectivity between fragmented protected areas, and reintroduction of predators where extirpated.’ For thousands of years we have…