A Long Rider’s View of the Eco Apocalypse

By Cuchullaine O’Reilly FRGS

Humanity has inhabited the planet for centuries but in the space of a few generations it has become a locust-like infestation that has devoured the Earth because of collective greed, corporate exploitation and individual neglect. 

As billion-dollar weather disasters continue to dominate the news, we should ask ourselves if humanity is bestowed with the right to not only threaten its own survival but to inflict misery on other species and the planet? 

Does an addiction to commercial profits take precedence over the continued existence of our own children, who are encouraged to reside indoors where they become addicted to technology and trivial status trinkets? 

Will humanity’s out of control conflict with Nature be allowed to continue to destroy the delicate balance that ensures our survival? 

In a world addicted to fossil fuel and air conditioning, mankind has moved further away from its traditional knowledge of the natural world and now views every animal, plant and mineral as a commodity to be exploited. 

Will we stand aside and watch as humanity in its arrogance continues to ruthlessly ravage the fragile ecological balance and thereby transform the planet into our coffin? 

If children are to have a chance, we have a blindingly obvious individual duty to save the Earth by abolishing the harmful habits that have brought us to the brink of collective suicide. 

Humanity stands at a crossroads. Stop being selfish, silent, passive and utterly indifferent. Meaningful change is everyone’s duty.

CuChullaine O’Reilly is the Founder of the Long Riders’ Guild and the Editor of Equestrian Investigations for HRL magazine. An award winning journalist, O’Reilly has spent more than forty-years investigating equestrian exploration and history. He is the author of The Encyclopaedia of Equestrian Exploration and The Horse Travel Handbook. longriders@thelongridersguild.com

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