Readers' letters - March 13

It's our duty to clean up the world for future generations

Friday, 16th March 2018, 1:56 pm
Updated Friday, 16th March 2018, 3:00 pm
A correspondent says its our duty to look after our planet

For more letters: Climate Change (WP Letters, March 12). Your letter writer, Derek Rogerson, is apparently convinced that there is no point in doing anything about climate change. Rather a defeatist attitude, one may think. Yes, maybe it won’t make any difference but how can we explain to future generations – who may suffer the effects of increasing natural disasters – and tell them that we didn’t bother doing anything as we felt it wouldn’t work. Surely we should at least try? And besides, even the hardline climate change deniers can’t deny that, thanks to humans, the world is in a mess. Rainforest deforestation, habitat loss for animals, endangered species heading to extinction, air pollution, water pollution, ground pollution... the list goes on. Now, are we still going to sit back and say, well there’s no point? Shall we just watch the world get worse, while we smugly think to ourselves, “Our generation will be okay, we have enough money and enough fuel for our cars?” Maybe some individuals don’t care about animals (goodness knows, we live in a society indoctrinated by humanism, so no wonder). But do you really want your children or grandchildren to live in a polluted, dirty world? Now, I’m no humanist, nor a pessimist. Neither do I subscribe to the ‘religion’ of extreme capitalism (worshipping the economy at all costs) so maybe my thinking is a little unusual. But I do believe we have a duty to ourselves, our fellow species, other animals – and to future generations – to try and clean up our world a little. At least we can try.Molly Clarevia email

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