Climate & Environment

Daniel Murray: Hubris among farmers sets them against the laws of nature

The IFA’s attitude to the environment is reminiscent of a Greek tragedy, as its members are particularly vulnerable to climate breakdown

Farming is vulnerable to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse, but lobby groups like the Irish Farmers Association rarely address this. Picture: Getty

The ancient Greek term ‘hubris’ is defined as an excessive pride by individuals which leads them to disregard the laws of natural order or the will of the gods.

In ancient Greek drama, hubris invariably resulted in protagonists reaching grisly ends, as their stubborn presumptions were finally faced with the incontrovertible power of nature and the divine.

There is an element of Greek tragedy about Irish farming attitudes to the environment.

Driven primarily by lobby ...