This is a new blog for anyone interested in the endlessly fascinating natural world, including of course its most successful species, us. We are living in what may be come to be regarded as a golden age for humanity. It’s a good life, but only for some, and the question is whether we can continue on our present path, faced with a host of dangers that seriously threaten our future.
Where are we heading? Given indications that there may be various kinds of big trouble around the corner, what can be done to secure a safer and more sustainable future for our children and generations to come?
My novel Mother Earth examines some of the topics raised by these questions, which I’ll also be posting on regularly – particularly the natural world and its conservation (of both species and resources), climate change, population growth and the ongoing battle to control or eradicate various diseases that threaten us on a global level.
Also on initiatives for peace, given the archaic yet continuing propensity of our species to use weapons of war as a means to settle differences. It’s sometimes unavoidable, but also horrendously expensive and often counter productive, so it’s fair to ask why such an intelligent species as Homo sapiens is still doing it.
No writing about the future can ignore economic inequalities, or the seemingly inevitable rise of artificial intelligence and genetic modification.
Perhaps the most important question concerns what we – as puny individuals faced by seemingly overwhelming global forces – can do to change the situation. It’s easy to feel helpless – but are we?
We all have opinions, but since mine are no more important than yours I’ll be doing my best to stick to the facts. A key function will be to provide you with quick links to interesting articles and news, plus recommended websites and books, by various authorities in the fields this blog is about.
I won’t be constantly pushing my own book at you. Perhaps you’ll forgive an occasional plug, if it’s relevant. Suffice to say that the subject matter of the novel Mother Earth sprang from my interest in what this blog is about, and vice versa, so either may interest you if you enjoy the other.
Finally, your comments are important and welcome. They’ll help me provide the future content you want, and I’ll do my best to cover the most constructive and interesting points in future posts.