Thanks to humankind the course of destruction of our environment has been set.
Arrogance and a refusal to live within the laws of nature; population control, balanced use of resources and respect for our living space, sees the human race — and all of the other our allied non-human species — up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
Ireland, as a country, is as ever behind the curve in facing this Armageddon.
Lacking a political class to lead and deal with the issues that seep into every aspect of our life on this island.
Tugging at the hem of the climate change issue is not political action.
As a society, we need to buy into measures, no matter how lifestyle changing and financially extracting, as a commitment towards saving our environment.
This is serious. As humans, we must look to ourselves to make changes in our way of living as a micro-action deposit in the account of the next human generation if that should come to pass. The usual tropes of saving the planet apply: Adopt a minimalist lifestyle; remove animal-based products from our diets; don’t ‘breed’ adopt instead; reduce our travel footprints and recycle/upcycle. Many other actions can be added to this call to arms.
It may seem futile. But each action sends out a ripple that laps up on the boundary of another action thus creating an unstoppable wave.
But knowing there is a problem is half the battle, doing something is the other half. As a society, we may be supping in the last chance saloon.
Indeed, last call on planet Earth may already have been shouted.
But drawing on the wisdom from the saying 'the best way to predict your future is to create it' means humankind holds one chance to create a sustainable future on this planet.
Failure to act is simply not an option.
John Tierney, Co Waterford