Gloom for improvement
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.