What next?

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth

Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air,

Morn came and went-and came and brought no day,

And men forgot their passions in the dread

Of this their desolation ;and all hearts

Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light:

And they did live by watchfires -and the thrones,

The palaces of crowned kings -the huts,

The habitations of all things which dwell,

Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum’d,

And men were gathered round their blazing homes


Over 200 years ago, in 1816  Lord Byron was envisaging an environmental catastrophe. The one we are experiencing in Australia now is of a different order. The sun has not gone out, but thousands of hectares of land have been destroyed by fire. ‘It is estimated that most of the range and population of between 20 and 100 threatened species will have been burnt.’ ( The Conversation)

Something has to change

7 thoughts on “What next?

  1. And there are still conspiracy theorists, politicians and idiots who say talk of a climate emergency is fake news. Somehow they don’t seem to live anywhere directly affected by unnatural disasters. ☹️

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