In a recent interview with The Guardian newspaper, scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock offered two reasons why a meaningful response to global warming was well nigh impossible.
First, modern democracy is not capable of taking adequate action. Too much time is wasted in debate.
Second, humans had not evolved to a level of intelligence adequate to understand the complexity of climate change. The species had too much inertia and only catastrophes would convince us to act.
In other words, our species is too slow and stupid.
Disconcerting as this apocalyptic dismissal of human, political frailties is, there is something satisfyingly Darwinian about it.
Perhaps the species is in a race to destroy the environment in which it thrives. Once our air, water and land is destroyed, humans will disappear to be replaced by creatures better evolved to survive in what is left. Let us hope that these successors develop adequate politics and intelligence.
Maybe we should leave notes for them.