We are the binge generation – the ones who wanted it all.
We are the last of the innocents who believed that this tiny Earth, floating in the vastness of space, could provide for all our wants, however wild or stupid.
We wanted the fish – so we took them. At the current rate, almost all of the world’s commercial fish stocks will be gone by 2050.
We wanted the energy – so we took it. Now we are waking up to the appalling impacts that global climate change will bring.
We wanted the land – so we cut down the Earth’s forests from the Amazon to Bear Mountain, and turned them into farms and subdivisions, driving out eagles, frogs and plants.
All over the Earth, the things we have used and discarded lie scattered in landfills.
We are like two-year olds who have known nothing but the generosity of our parents’ love, whose parents are now saying "Enough."
Will we respond with foot-stamping and tantrums, demanding the right go on being the centre of attention, regardless of the distress we are causing to others on the planet?
Or will we come to our senses, as most two-year olds do, and learn that there is another way of living, beyond shouting and selfishness, where cooperation and respect create a harmony in which all may flourish?