Ecological Parable: Two Men in a Boat
by S. Invernizzi
Lying and half dozing on the edge of a cabin cruiser, Dr. S. sailed driven by a light afternoon breeze; suddenly a roar of thunder broke the rhythmic rustle of the wind and water, making our jump, who scanned the sky in search of a Military jet at low altitude.
An unexpected wave caught him off guard, the dip in the cool waters sealed the brusque awakening; from the surface of the water, he managed to distinguish a floating monster that quickly receded roaring in a blackish cloud caused by the exhaust gases.
From the bridge a sardonic grin and a sharp voice that seemed to come from the depths of the underworld: “Eh, eh, eh you forget about noise pollution? ”
A nice discharge of decibels repeated over time is the ideal viaticum for one perceptual deafness; but also the constant noises of city traffic (i scooters are at the top) can provoke more subtle disturbances on attention, about sleep, about character, sometimes dizziness, extrasystole, and hypertension“.
Getting back on the boat in amazement, Dr. S. recognized the treacherous individual companion of previous dialogues.
The Devil hung up “Exhaust gas … Nimbus he prophesied it ten years ago! ”. “Who is Nimbus?”. “It is a satellite launched by NASA used to select information on the biosphere, as the ozone hole and the effect greenhouse.
Global warming, caused by carbon dioxide and other gases that man produces burning oil, coal, forests, will bring catastrophic effects in the arc thirty years ( desertification, rising oceans, climate change ).
To mend the ozone hole, what are you doing? “. Doctor S. immediately got involved “Ho changed the brand of shaving hair!”. “A bit mundane … Need to butt in on the cycle of carbon, changing the industrial model, it is not enough to put an ecological cap on the most polluting industries; whatever combustion it produces CO2: pressing the accelerator of the subcompact, going to Ischia on the speedboat or on the ferry, getting on an airplane, turning on the television or the light in the house.
Halving the production of these greenhouse gases means a radical modification of the production systems of the ‘ well-being ‘ society; the alternative is the destruction of many ecosystems that would not be able to change quickly enough. Their technology and evolution don’t have the same step, they are like the hare and the tortoise! In short, we need to come to our senses immediately, even if the beneficial effects will be felt very late ”.
“ Diabolically conceptual ”replies doctor S.
“Do you prefer some numerical data? Here you are. In Italy, they are in circulation 26 million (as of 1986) passenger cars and every year they increase of a million while taking into account those in scrapping.
This means that our cars put on line form a column of 100,000 kilometers and grouped cover a surface from 160 million square meters or 16,000 hectares, corresponding to a large car park, a real technological totem made of sheet metal and plastic.
Everything has very high costs purchase and management: 210 trillion (the n old lire ) for the purchase to which they must be added 100 trillion a year to ensure individual mobility. In the face of savings and the fight a Pollution !”.
A sudden sense of heat caught Doctor in the throat S. who reached out for the water bottle in an attempt to gulp a sip.
“I see you drink mineral water … “.
“ Stop! You already told me about it another time …. What ecologists call, honoring you, a cycle hellish.
Rather like a canapé al salmon or an agone smoked ? ”.” Noble proteins for a small number of lucky that yes feed more than necessary … If today the super-powered countries, touched by the utopia of human brotherhood, decided to share food equally among all the 5 billion inhabitants of the earth (ref 1989 ), you know what the result?”.
“A huge boarding school self-service The doctor exclaimed ironically. S.
“No, we would swoop down all inthe condition of undernourishment “; at the banquet of life, there is not enough to eat for everyone.
The eating habits, to eat more vegetables and fewer animals, because going up the food chain, from the grass at the protein of the flesh, one takes place lost impressive energy.
According to some environmentalists thousand tons of grass, they serve to nourish 27 million grasshoppers which in turn are sufficient to satisfy the appetite of 90,000 frogs;
This array of amphibians allows a 300 salmon to become adults; 300 salmon proteins can feed for one year one man! If a lunch with the frogs the guests at the table would be already a few dozen ; even more, like i Arab cooks , if we prepared grasshopper skewers we could set up a real one cafeteria popular!”.
“And what need is there?” replied the doctor S. who was beginning to feel a weight in his stomach, nobly mistaken for regret.
“In this hour of dialogue, the world population has increased by eight thousand individuals”.
“Then we will really be ten billion In 2050 ! “.
“Exactly!”. “ And what do I have to do with it? The graduate shouted in amazement.
“Didn’t you read some writings in high school, Bergson ? “. “Bergson?” “Yes, Bergson, he wrote that the errors of Venus often there remedies Mars “.