Last weekend I discovered this old Greek statue – or half statue – in a lesser known public park in Dublin. Do you know where it was?
I’ll tell you that in a minute but first, I wanted to mention a large demonstration on Saturday, outside the Natural History Museum (known locally as ‘the Dead Zoo’).
It was a poignant choice of place for this demonstration because of the recent report which showed that we are now experiencing the worst spate of species extinctions since the loss of the Dinosaurs around 65 million years ago. Scientists estimate that we are now losing dozens of species every day and that 99% of those species are in trouble because of Global Warming and Climate Breakdown. You can read more about this on the website of the Centre for Biological Diversity here.
So the demonstration was to call on the government to start taking this issue seriously. One would imagine that, at this stage, they would be taking concrete steps to avert this catastrophe but no – they just seem to carry on regardless…
And that brings me back to the broken sculpture. You might find it in the Iveagh Gardens near St Stephen’s Green. I say you might find it because it is half hidden in this verdant oasis of trees, fountains, crumbling Greek statues and secluded pathways in the heart of the city.
The Iveagh Gardens even has a waterfall, for goodness sake. It is such a joy to enter into this quiet world of slightly unkempt nature and to breathe in the peace and calm. But – would you believe that they’re planning to “develop” all this – to build over part of it and to remove several of the mature trees?
Why am I so calm about this? I just don’t know. As a friend used to say: “I’m actually so mad I could crush a grape!” Surely we should be keeping the trees we have and planting many more besides!
And as for the living planet, I don’t know if there’s an online campaign to look after that – but there ought to be – the health of the world is in all our hands.