In the last year I have really focused part of my work into looking at ways in which nature can play a role in climate mitigation.
If you remember, I spoke on a podcast about the role of shellfish and wrote a piece about carbon credits , and natural capital or better 'how nature can enter economy'. I would suggest to start there if you haven't already, to grasp some of the concepts.
It's summer time here in Italy, a warm summer (not necessarily climate change fault, I mean, it's often warm this time of the year), and most of us are still working from home. If you are like me, you are a bit desperate about not being able to find refuge in a cool library or in the office.
This said, I have learnt some tips and tricks that may help you, if, like me you are without air conditioning (or decide you don't want to use it)
Today I want to talk about Labels
We are so quick at labelling things - it is in our nature .
Labels are all around us , from those we impose on each other to the physical ones we see on clothes , food and other objects on the market. Labels are often perceived as indices of quality. Labels are there to indicate some property of the product . It may be ‘free’ of something , ‘safe’ for something. The most well known labels must be the organic and the fair trade . But what / who is behind those ?
And are all the labels to be trusted ?
I want to give a few examples, and bear with me if most of these are marine related but there are plenty of terrestrial equivalents.
Hello from sunny and windy Sicily.
I am on holiday this week - and what a beautiful place with a pristine sea a few meters from the house. And even better, the fishing harbour is so close that I can 'spy' on their operations and get some ideas on the state of the fisheries.
So for today's post, I want to just tell you the story of what I see and what I think about it. I'd like to hear your views and other similar experiences from other locations..
As I walk down the street, things seem to have normalised once again.
Face masks are only needed in little occasions, people are no longer going to great lengths to avoid one another, bars are open and the noise of coffee machines can be heard once again.
Everything seems ‘okay’. But then, as I make a trip to the office in the university to pick something up I realise it’s really a parallel normal. From the temperature scan at the entrance through to that eery feeling of being alone on the floor.
I feel in a parallel world.
I notice it also on the choice of what i want to listen to (podcasts for example) or watch. I feel that life pre-pandemic was a different one. Not necessarily life itself, i mean we breathe, eat sleep and feel emotions the same way now than we did before. But something has changed. Perhaps the way we view the world? Perhaps the realisation that maybe it is a frail system and a little blow can throw us off course. We are not omnipotent, and a tiny little invisible thing can cause madness, political chaos and lock us in our homes. Personally, it showed me even more how much life is worth living (not that I ever doubt that, but it reinforced the fact that every moment should be lived to the fullest). And anyway, I believe a lot of us have a whole new set of priorities to what they had before.
I think we should harness this change..
We need system change not climate change - that’s what we were discussing about nearly a year ago at the Venice climate camp. Yes , a system change that would revolution every aspect of our lives - a system change that will not induce migrations with its extractivism and then proceed to treat these refugees as animals or even worse.
I have not yet spoken about the racism event(s) in America and the subsequent protests that have emerged from it. You might guess , if you know my train of thoughts, that I believe the issue is even more deep rooted than that. And somehow all of the #blacklivesmatter posts on media madden me , not because I believe they don’t, on the contrary, but because those same people are the one voting to send away the migrants from our shores. It’s easy to judge what goes on at the neighbor house and not see the issues under our own roofs.
If you are wondering what the heck does this have to do with my blog , I would like to say that I am a believer of viewing the world in a holistic way. You can’t separate it into little compartments.
Around 70% of the Earth surface is covered by water.
And a lot of planet health depends on it. Yes, these waters (mostly oceans) provide many ecosystem services that we couldn't live without. From nutrient cycling, to carbon sequestration. Whether you put a monetary value to it or not, the services are there.
I spent a few days last week doing some labwork at our field site station in the south part of Venice lagoon, finally a semi return to normality.
If we can call it that, as I stayed in a little sea-side apartment in the island of Pellestrina in order to stay closer and avoid daily public transport (if semi holidays become the new normality, I am in !) .
And I was inspired by this place to write this post..
We have seen these last few months how important our health is
And we have all tried to use this lockdown to do better choices for our 'health', perhaps we made sure to stay active or tried to look after our mental health, perhaps found a new love for cooking...
But do we realise that health goes hand in hand with sustainability?
Phase two is here!
Fìnally some of us will be able to exit this forced lock down
But not so fast, we still cannot go back to normality - no aggregations and we should keep some social distance
This means: time outdoors, yes, but likely alone
To feel less 'alone' here I suggest some new podcasts all about climate change.
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