Environment

Alarm. Yes, but also environmental. These last 20 years are enough to verify the damage we have done to the planet. A punishment that, only in Spain, leaves dramatic images that will always remain in our memory, like those of hundreds of volunteers in 2002 and 2003 trying to erase the chapapote from the Galician and Cantabrian coasts. Black memories that so many llamas have signed and continue to sign every summer in our most important lungs. Gray memories in the berets of the big cities that we overpopulate and ocher in the brick with which we have been ‘eating’ our beaches. A continuous abuse that adds scars: trills of sparrows that we stopped hearing; antennas and fertilizers that are leaving us without bees; seas and rivers of plastic … Wounds simmering under warming that desertifies fields, dries up reservoirs and will lead us to a fatal outcome if we do not react. That November 19, 2002 the words Prestige and chapapote they made us understand to what extent we were capable of damaging our environment. Two words that were recorded in our memories because of a spill on our coasts that caused an environmental catastrophe as it was not remembered. An oil tsunami that wiped out thousands of animals and took months to heal. And that perhaps also served to provoke in many of us a certain ecological awareness, growing, but insufficient. We had to compare thousands of burned hectares to soccer fields to realize the amount of natural treasures that fire was taking from us every year. In 2005 we lived the record of more than 16,400 hectares devoured by fire throughout the country; but the fire also marked Minas de Riotinto in 2004; Tejeda and Los Realejos, in 2007; Corte de Pallás, Castrocontrigo or Andilla, in 2012; or Galicia, the one on the weekend of October 16, 2017 with up to 200 active fires. Stamps more avoidable than inevitable when we analyzed their causes and that only institutional and social myopia made us have to continue regretting. Warming, desertification, droughts, invasive species or increasingly intense cold drops. The consequences are increasingly visible. We stopped seeing the snow to suffer phenomena like a DANA, which we added to our dictionary after a devastating kilometers of countryside and coastline and turned Murcia into ground zero in September 2019. Until we reach 2020 where roe deer, deer, wild boar They began to stroll through our towns and cities, where the quality of the air we breathed improved, where our seas and forests were turning bluer and greener. All in a few months that we were homebound. Everything, with a clear message: that nature right now lives better without us around. An incompatibility that is only in our power to reverse.

IN POSITIVE. Ecological initiatives and movements have been entering with force in our day to day, in our homes. We recycle better and make a more responsible consumption of resources such as water. But there is still a long way to go. Our grain of sand lacks institutional initiatives that go beyond dedicating an Hour to the Earth, limiting emissions, adding bike lanes or protecting our lynx.

By Mario Serrano

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