Sunday, 2 April 2017

Child and Mother (Niño y Madre)

"The fury of water strikes Peru," "Nature continues to scourge us," "Fury of nature continues to punish", "The strikes of nature do not have an end," "Nature without mercy," "The suffering of the Peruvians will continue because nature continues with its brutal blow that affects those who have the least"...

This is how the headlines read and how the speakers proclaim about what is happening in the country. 

For a change, a government representative has even stated that "The disasters are a divine punishment for gender ideology."

It is terrible what is happening in the country. But blaming nature by attributing a perverse intentionality goes beyond ridicule: it is to evade human responsibility, and that of some humans in particular.

Because here also aspects come into play ranging from corruption to depredation, through improvisation, deforestation and the rubbish-filling of minds and environments.

Something is wrong if no one says anything about the increase in global warming as a result of air pollution from the emission of greenhouse gases; Nothing is being said about the removal of thousands of tons of rock and earth by extractivism and the consequent obstruction of the slopes. And none of the propagandists of progress says anything about the decompression of soils and the clamorous absence of environmental policies.

Neither does anyone relate this El Niño presence to the nuclear experiments that have been taking place in the ocean since 1945, from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia, to the Montebello Islands in Australia. . And more.

Just a couple of days ago Pope Francis sent a message to the UN Conference negotiating a binding legal instrument on the prohibition of nuclear weapons; The Pope questions the "waste of resources" that "could instead be used for significant priorities such as the promotion of peace and integral development."

There is a graffiti that says: "The floods do not occur because the rivers grow, but because the country sinks."

To say that we are all guilty is like saying that no one is responsible. Or, even worse, it is to render the powerful offender unimpeachable.

Blaming nature for this mess is like telling everyone (and especially the children) that it is her whom it is necessary to subdue, reduce and dominate.

The casualties demand our solidarity and for her we fight, knowing that we have been in emergency for a long time.

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