‘Enough to put heaven in a rage.’ That’s how I heard the abuses in the Catholic church described in a radio interview recently.
Meanwhile, the government has announced spending cuts of millions of euros in subsidies for agricultural nature management and the realization of the Ecological Main Structure. The planned green corridors have been scrapped. Twenty years ago, the Nature Policy Plan of 1990 launched a series of investments in these kinds of nature development and restoration. I compare the new cabinet's plans to forest clearance, to chopping down trees with a blunt axe, to eating away at nature from within. I picture it all in my mind's eye, but the images are not powerful enough to distract me from the facts.
Secretary of State Henk Bleker has proclaimed that everyone will have to make some sacrifices, and that nature is no exception. Let me make one last effort though: I conclude, then, that the measures have been taken reluctantly. No, even this fine word cannot evoke images with the power to distract me from the facts. My disappointment is too great. And my rage.