There’s a great piece in The Guardian from George Monbiot. It’s in the form of a letter to his 3 week old second daughter, saying about the things he hopes she does not miss out on when she grows up.
Things like a National Health Service, where everyone gets looked after, rather than just those who can afford it.
And things like tigers and rhinos.
Things like a world not facing ever more extreme weather events due to climate change.
Things like a less unequal society.
He points out that we have crossed 3 of the 9 planetary boundaries beyond which the natural resources which make our lives viable can no longer be sustained; with another 3 in danger.
It’s a whole line of inter-generational theft going on, without even getting on to the financial inter-generational theft Bernard Hickey regularly reminds us about.
Will our children see the welfare state, the the tiger and the rhino as part of a ‘mythologised Arcadia’?
Maybe I’m just open to this with my having 2 pre-school daughters as well; but I hope we can stop the social destruction – and maybe mitigate the environmental…
But at least he ends on a note of hope, and not just about his project of ‘rewilding‘. We also have learnt the importance of attachment in parenting. So hopefully there’s a happier childhood in store, a closer link to the natural world and greater resilience to fight the ills of the future world that will definitely need fighting…