Gloom for im­prove­ment

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I read Mark Car­war­dine’s ( be­low) es­says in BBC Wildlife Mag­a­zine ev­ery month with great in­ter­est. He cer­tainly ap­pears to have his en­vi­ron­men­tal fin­ger on the pulse of the salient, con­tro­ver­sial is­sues af­fect­ing the planet. Oc­ca­sion­ally, it would be won­der­ful if he might com­ment on some of the pos­i­tive work be­ing car­ried out on be­half of Mother Earth. I am sure there are many fine and out­stand­ing ex­am­ples through­out the world. His doomand-gloom writ­ings are not nec­es­sar­ily the best way to in­cur pos­i­tive re­sults. I am cer­tainly grate­ful that he is not my neigh­bour. Per­haps Mark needs to rest his lap­top from all his worldly cares and be­come a lit­tle more cir­cum­spect.

Nor­man Mar­shall, via email

Mark Car­war­dine replies: I’m sorry that you feel I am a pur­veyor of doom and gloom. There are, of course, many pos­i­tive con­ser­va­tion sto­ries (in­deed, they are of­ten cov­ered else­where in the mag­a­zine), but I feel very strongly that the threats now fac­ing the nat­u­ral world are so daunt­ing and im­me­di­ate that we can no longer pre­tend it will be okay by putting a pos­i­tive spin on ev­ery­thing. It won’t be okay – un­less we up our game con­sid­er­ably. And that knowl­edge, far from mak­ing me want to give up, spurs me on to do more. As far as be­ing neigh­bours is con­cerned, I think it would be great – we’d cer­tainly have lots to talk about over the gar­den fence.

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