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Very recently, it was celebrated the World Environment Day (June 5th) and the World Oceans Day (June 8th). Apart from the gesture and the hypothetical repercussion of this type of “celebrations” on the behavior of the human being on a planetary scale … our post of the week is dedicated to remind us – once again, as if necessary – the vital Of the question and what we play in it.

The modern man -homo sapiens- Carries over the face of the globe about 200,000 years. Undoubtedly, and in line with the cycles of Mother Nature, someday we will be extinct, as so many species were before us for different reasons for millions of years. What is surprising, however, is that the “sapiens” are making a bold commitment to propitiate and accelerate this inescapable process, which has been going on for almost 50 years, and towards which most people usually look the other way. In our desire for destruction, however, we drag the whole planet and its splendid and irreplaceable legacy of animal and plant life, as well as cultural. The planet will survive, but will we be the cause of the next great extinction, including ours?

As we should all know by now, the consumption of fossil fuels or the generation of highly polluting wastes and waste (as plastic, happily consumed in the form of disposable bottles, shopping bags, etc.) are two of the pillars of this unstoppable deterioration. Did you know, among other things, there is an island- Floating dump (“Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, “Toxic Island”) In the North Pacific that has an estimated size of 1,400,000 km², if not much greater? (Originated by the vortex of ocean currents, with about 100 million tons of garbage.) Did you know that aviation greenhouse gas emissions increased by 90% in the last 15 years? (Phenomenon that grows uncontrolled by the global tourism boom.) Did you know that even in Everest there are more than 50 tons of waste (garbage, oxygen bottles, etc.) left by the expeditionaries? Did you know that Many Pacific islands – such as Solomon or Kiribati – are already being buried by rising ocean levels?

Stop for a moment when you are going to use your private vehicle or disposable plastic bottles without measure. Do you really need that plastic bag for your purchases? Each gesture counts, even the most insignificant: multiply it by 7 billion people … Imagine the impact of all this in the degradation of the air, global warming, the extinction of species or the own trophic chains that end in you … Also in places Paradisiacs that will disappear forever …

Lover of travels and wonders of the world: think a little … Think in you. Think in your kids. Think in the planet you found. Think in the place that you will leave to those that come behind you …


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