What an extraordinary year. When our descendants look at what befell the world in 2020, they may come to see it as a pivotal moment for human society. For although Coronavirus has been the focus of so many lives, it is but one of many issues that threaten the peace and security of our planet.
A casual flick through the TV channels exposes the root of our unease. Rainforests burn under tropical suns. Queues for food banks thread around abandoned shops. Children go hungry, as corals bleach white. And all the time, on some ocean cruising super-yacht, the corpulent bellies of the super-rich expand to accommodate fresh gluttony.
This cannot continue. The light is on at the signpost for our species. Carry on walking the same path and we risk committing ourselves to oblivion. It is to our shame, then, that this message struggles to break out into a mainstream debate that’s dominated by silver-tongued politicians and their cronies in the media. It is they who convince us that the current situation is inevitable, an affirmation of the natural order.