ONE of the defining features of the human race as a species is its unmitigated arrogance.
This is aptly demonstrated in the concept of land ownership and its corollary assumption that we have the right to use and abuse the land to the detriment of all the other species on the planet.
The absurdity of this proposition is easy enough to demonstrate.
We dig up hydrocarbons in Australia and elsewhere so that we can sell them to the Chinese and Indians to power their dirty factories so they can, in turn, sell us electronic gadgetry, women’s clothes* and other non-essentials.
This is in the full knowledge that, by so doing, we are contributing to the warming of the planet to the eventual point where it will be uninhabitable. As a proposition this is not only arrogant but supremely stupid.