Negli ultimi anni, i gruppi ambientalisti internazionali hanno denunciato le condizioni in Palestina non solo come una questione di diritti umani ma anche come questione ambientale.
Prendiamo spunto anche dall’allarme di One Climate (un gruppo israelo-palestinese fondato per attirare l’attenzione sugli impatti ecologici della crisi) per riflettere su questa lenta distruzione reciproca che coinvolge cielo, aria e terra.
Intanto non sembra ci sia modo di districare queste tragedie parallele di guerra e clima ma, se ne volessimo trarre il nesso simbolico, non se ne potrebbe trovare uno migliore per dimostrare l’inutilità della guerra e quella di un conflitto senza futuro.
Israel and Palestine, the disputed land is already dying. Due to climate change, it is one of the most endangered places on the planet and the conflict is hastening its demise. Reflections on a parallel war
The tragedy of these days on that strip of land called Gaza also has another face that has been preluding mutual destruction for years for environmental reasons. It is a little-known aspect that hides behind this permanent war and takes away hope for the future of two peoples condemned by hatred.
Both Israel and Palestine are located in an area considered to be one of the most climatically dangerous places on the planet and where, in a few years’ time, it will probably no longer be possible to live due to rising temperatures and increasingly unbreathable air due to pollution also linked to the high concentration of the population living in the Gaza Strip.
So warn the people who have founded a movement composed of Israelis and Palestinians who, beyond their political alignments and beliefs, we examine on the pages of The Global Eye to look with the eyes of complexity at a conflict that brings with it, in addition to war, other progressive destructions of one towards the other.
After recording the hottest summer ever this year, there seems to be no way to untangle these parallel tragedies of war and climate. Experts report that rainfall in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa has decreased by more than 8% snd that both Israelis and Palestinians would find it hard to adapt to living in these lands in the future, even if they made peace.
Meanwhile, the unlivability of this area is accelerating, bringing its end closer, while temperatures are rising almost twice as fast as the global average. Last year, an international group of scientists predicted that they will increase by 0.81 degrees per decade.
Ecosystems are not bound by borders and are more powerful than weapons and political disputes. Israeli control of water resources in the West Bank has contributed to a huge sanitation problem that poses an immediate and dire threat to Palestinians but also to Israelis, as untreated sewage flows from Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea. Some communities in the West Bank make a living by burning electronic waste imported from Israel, but the carcinogenic smoke is causing phealth problems on both sides of the border.
In recent years, international environmental groups have denounced the conditions in Palestine not only as a human rights issue but also as an environmental issue.
We also take the warning from One Climate (an Israeli-Palestinian group founded to draw attention to the ecological impacts of the crisis) to reflect on this slow mutual destruction involving sky, air and earth.
In the meantime, there seems to be no way to untangle these parallel tragedies of war and climate, but if we wanted to draw the symbolic link, we could not find a better one to demonstrate the futility of war and that of a conflict with no future.
(riproduzione autorizzata citando la fonte, The Global Eye, www.theglobaleye.it)