The World Is Burning

This doesn’t exactly qualify as a good news week.

The scale of forest fires in Indonesia (see here) and the Amazon (see here) is almost beyond comprehension.

On this, George Monbiot is right. A catastrophe of this magnitude should be front page, headline news. Yet mostly the story has been ignored, or carefully buried somewhere in environment news (which in newspeak means ‘not really proper news’). The story is too big, too much of a challenge to the global economic order of which we are all a part. Disconcerted, we look away.

Once again I’m left questioning quite exactly what I can or should do in the face of such a disaster. At the very least, we’ll try to keep an even closer eye on the palm oil content of the food we buy. It sneaks into everything.

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