We can’t afford to take more
than the Earth can afford to give us.
Yet we ignore this profound and non-negotiable truth
every day, unwilling or too afraid to look it in the eye.
When my grandchildren ask
‘Now that you know this what will you do?’
‘Wake up. Live right.’
Is the only sane answer.
David Elias is a naturalist and environmentalist with a deep concern for the appreciation and conservation of our wild plants and animals. He has spent much of his career in national parks and nature reserves working for conservation agencies. He blogs about 'nature in the quiet-nearby' at dispatchesfromtheundergrowth.com