In a baffling turn of events, the idiot tree cutters of Bristol will face no punishment for their crime. These are the plonkers, you'll remember, who illegally had trees chopped down on a railway embankment to 'improve the view' from their homes.
In an age when those with power claim to care about the environment, this sends a contradictory message that will only encourage other crimes against nature.
One has to wonder at the thinking behind the decision of Network Rail to let these environmental thugs off the hook without so much as a slapped wrist or a telling off. The irresponsible residents had not only encouraged trespass on to private property to chop down the trees, but had also, in a highly damaging act of vandalism, destroyed valuable habitat for birds, bats and other wildlife. Now they face no repercussions at all for their reckless action.
Sad times when this kind of destruction is tolerated and goes unpunished.
We live in a country that sometimes appears to nurture cynicism, apathy and complacency. Some of those claiming to 'really care' jump on bandwagons of 'fashionable' environmental trends when it suits them, such as the current obsession with plastic packaging. While we must be grateful for any progress in addressing such important concerns as this (it's a problem which has actually been worrying real environmentalists for years), one might do well to question the motives of some companies, organisations and groups whose rather sudden concern for popular issues must fit nicely with the huge publicity they garner from 'caring'.
I digress a little, but when in a country such as the UK, it is decided not to punish the kind of vandalism we saw in Bristol, then can we really believe that the current vogue for environmental action is genuine? We see careless destruction of precious resources all around us. It's hard to keep up with the wanton dismantling of our own local natural environment.
With HS2 ploughing its way through pristine countryside, wind farms destroying coast and country (while being labeled 'green' and 'ethical') and the ridiculous trend of local councils slapping fines on people who feed wild birds - turning honest citizens into criminals in the process - we are finding ourselves smothered by skewed thinking that can only lead to more destruction, a lack of empathy and understanding - and even less connection with nature.
So the lack of any punishment at all for the Bristol tree killers is a worrying sign. In spite of all the pious declarations of environmental concern that we hear from those who pull the strings, perhaps for the majority nothing could be further from the truth....
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