Lords of the natural world we survey, there may soon be little left

Extinction Rebellion protestors lying down inside the Natural History Museum in London. Credit: Laura Parnaby/PA Wire

In every generation there is a new Frankenstein. He is always ourselves. Grotesqueness is behind the mask “everyman” wears.

The United Nations global assessment report is a new expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It foretells a fall from which there will be no redemption. Little in scripture adequately prepares in-scale for this new Hell on Earth. The destruction of nature, now well under way, is surely the “beast about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction”.

Beside Government Buildings on Dublin’s Merrion St is the Dead Zoo. That affectionate name for the Natural History Museum tells a specifically Victorian story. There was a mania for new museums to educate the industrial masses and burgeoning middle-class. Collecting, always a human passion, now had a moral purpose and a scientific underlay. Dublin, London, Vienna, and more built similar edifices on different scales, as new people’s palaces.

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Gardening: Something for everyone at Chelsea Flower Show

Why you should go hug a tree

World Bee Day: Why are they so important?

Donal Hickey: Recovery in native trees

More in this Section

Theresa May resigns as British prime minister – here's where it all went wrong

Green energy and electoral areas hold key to Kerry elections

Communities fight back against the drugs trade

As ballot papers expand, is it time to reassess political nomination process?

More by this author

Clune in danger as Cork vies for three seats from five in election

Timing is everything in politics and Fine Gael’s timing is all wrong

Fine Gael talks in an accent that doesn’t resonate with everyone

The coalition against carbon changes goes beyond the pale


Lifestyle

Gardening: Something for everyone at Chelsea Flower Show

Shore thing - Many health benefits of seaweed

More From The Irish Examiner