With the all-important talks on climate change approaching, “man’s” attitude towards the natural world is literally a matter of life and death for our children and grandchildren.
Are elements of these attitudes to be seen in the debate about the proposed felling of trees in Rustlings Road?
What is all the fuss about?
Surely privileged S11 has enough trees, and surely there are a lot more important issues that the council should be tackling?
OK, nature can be a pretty accessory that can be indulged in restricted places in forms people believe they can completely control to their liking.
But stop for a moment and look at these huge, magnificent, healthy trees that were born long before us and should live long after we are gone, that harbour a wealth of creatures that we can be completely unaware of, that store carbon and purify air much more than any small replacement species ever will.
They can remind us of our place in the world.
Unless we really see, respect, and try to understand the fragile, interdependent complexity of the natural world, and take account of how dependent we are on it for our very existence, mankind will stupidly crash on to its downfall, seeing nature merely as something we can use/exploit/control, get rid of when causing us slight challenges.
Stainton Road, S11