Combustion

Thinking of all those brave pledges to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, 2040, 2050, I came across this from W S Sebald:

“Combustion is the hidden principle behind every artefact we create. The making of a fish-hook, manufacture of a china cup, or production of a television programme, all depend on the same process of combustion. Like our bodies and like our desires, the machines we have devised are possessed of a heart which is slowly reduced to embers. From the earliest times, human civilization has been no more than a strange luminescence growing more intense by the hour, of which no one can say when it will begin to wane and when it will fade away.”

The Rings of Saturn

Whatever date we set, it’s a big ask.

Combustion