Paradise Lost and climate sustainability
In John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, the angel Michael shows Adam a vision of the Great Flood that God will send to punish the wickedness of his creation: man.
Will Venice, Rotterdam, Boston, south-west Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Burma be the victims of this prediction as global sea levels have risen over the last thirty years? Is flooding punishment for excessive human consumption and the generation of greenhouse gases? Or is climate change a contemporary prism for understanding the relationship between man and nature? Has nature returned as our primary source of meaning? Can we control the negative impacts of environmental change using new technologies?
These issues and others are being debated at a conference in Rotterdam, Holland, on 21 May 2011. I will be one of the panellists for the session about Paradise Lost and Sustainability, as outlined here: Paradise Lost?