The Thames Flood Barrier is just down the road from where I live and I regularly cycle past it.
Its a constant reminder of the possible / probable consequences of global warming for London.
Last time I cycled past it the barrier was up for its regular testing. "Gates" slide up from the river bed between these "towers", forming a solid barrier - 30 metres tall at the highest point. It looked eerie and portentous - a wall across the river.
I can't help being glad that I live on the "right" side of the barrier, and also up a hill.
I'm not proud of that fact (the being glad, rather than living the right side....).
I found it sobering though not surprising that James Lovelock - one of the early prophets of the green movement - thinks that we have left it all too late.
I also sometimes wonder if our concern with ecology isn't ultimately self-centred and self-absorbed, another symptom of our anthropocentrism - we care about the consequences of our actions because they affect us not because they affect the earth. The earth will not be bothered if we expire from those consequences. The earth will adapt, and survive, and continue without us.
I enjoyed very much Margaret Atwood's book Oryx and Crake which presents some interesting projections about our use and abuse of science and the environment. Some of the ideas and images have stayed with me. I plan to read the "sequel" (-ish, not quite apparently) Year of the Flood.
A Theme Thursday post
also see Blog Action Day - Climate Change
I will be away this weekend and so it may take me a while to get around and visit your blogs... sorry, I'll try and catch up with you soon.
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