1. London by light

George Monbiot nailed it, 15 January 2014

My tree witch is screaming.

The Tree Witch



This etching borrows its title from Peter Viereck’s 1961 play/poem – The Tree Witch. She is a Dryad and has been captured and tortured by a collective contemporary man. This poem/play works for present day Britain where we have the nature of flooding completely misunderstood by the buy sale vardenafil online environment secretary, Owen Paterson, “the worst environment secretary Britain has ever suffered.” See George Monbiot’s brilliant article in the Guardian, 14 January 2014: Drowning in Money: The Pig-headed policies that make flooding inevitable.

Owen Paterson boasts that hill farmers on the least productive land “will now receive the same direct payment rate on their upland farmlands as their lowland counterparts.” The farmers will be paid, yes paid, to remove trees and scrubs that absorb much of sale levitra drugs canada the water falling from the hills. And they will no longer be given subsidies for further tree planting.

And this, with no reference to all the good work done by the British government for other countries. For decades Britain has been funding scientists throughout the sale online cialis tablets great britain world in the study of hydrology: helping other countries to protect their upland forests as a means for preventing communities downstream from being flooded away. And also helping them organise the engineering to return curves and bends into straightened, scoured rivers.

It’s so simply wrong, what the present British government is doing. Their philosophy seems to be that land exists only to support landowners. See the problem of grouse shooting estates with drained and burnt moors of the Peak District National Park. And, yes, the present government sees waterways as existing only to “get rid of water.”

It all makes you want to scream. Last word to the Dryad:
Hail man-the-improver,
For his is the end of the world. In technicolor.