- A summer full of danger
We have just had an exceptional summer: a heat wave hit Europe
killing thousands among the elderly; thousands of acres of forests
were destroyed by fires; fierce thunderstorms destroyed houses
and camping grounds; a drought with no precedent ruined crops
and killed animals and fish.
The climatic change activates a chain reaction that affects the
whole nature. Watching on TV the firemen struggling with courage
against the violence of the flames, I was thinking how small
we are in front of the forces of nature! The fight is so unequal!
The same in the emergency services of hospitals where the patients
were sent. With so few staff and means, the doctors were doing
the best they could.
- Certainly we need more people, more money and better coordination
in public services to face emergencies. It concerns us all.
The global warming, the depletion of natural resources, specifically
of drinking water, the pollution of the soil, of the air and
the water, the depletion of the forests, show that our small
planet is fragile and that it is seriously in danger. We are
in a state of alert.
But these catastrophes from which we are suffering so much have
a salutary effect. Gradually the whole world is waking up to
the seriousness of saving the planet. Movements for protection
of nature are numerous.
There is a new sensitivity for the defense of the environment
that requires a change of attitude: to give up some advantages
of comfort of modern life, to develop an organic agriculture,
to promote more solidarity between rich and poor countries. The
politicians will have to take it into account. As we are living
on this planet, we are responsible for its future and for the