Very best wishes to everyone for 2010. I hope it is a glorious year for you and I hope the world will appear to be a brighter place at the start of a new decade. I hope that politicians and bankers in particular will take a long hard look at themselves and dislike intensely what they see. May their resolutions be to change for the better, to be more trustworthy and less greedy.
More importantly I hope that 2010 brings a realisation to all of our politicians that our wild places are invaluable and that their destruction will have untold consequences for all of us. I also hope they all read John Etherington’s book, The Windfarm Scam, and begin to have a rather more realistic awareness of what wind turbines can and cannot do.
Finally, may you all enjoy what wild places we have left. Look after them, nourish them with your love and, in turn, be nourished by them. The power of such places to transform, to heal and to regenerate is without equal. And remember the words of Edward Abbey: “The existence of wilderness should be seen as a compliment to civilisation, something that complements society. Any society that feels itself too poor to afford the preservation of wilderness, or lacks the desire to preserve wilderness, is simply not worthy of the name of civilisation.”