So, civil engineers are now able to practice 'improving and maintaining the ... natural environment ... etc' (NCE 14 January). That's a first! I struggle to think of one project where we have maintained the natural environment let alone improved it. The only time we improve it is when we have messed it up in the first place.
Nature is doing pretty well as it is without us thinking we know better and interfering. Even speaking as an atheist, the phrase 'well that just about wraps it up for God' springs to mind.
Come on guys, let's not kid ourselves that we do anything but harm to the 'natural environment'. The council has made a poor interpretation of our profession.
Ian Elliott (M), IanElliott@mymail2.freeserve.com