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Mail from a biologist .. Are We Killing the Planet? By: Armando López RamÍrez armlopez@uv.

mx Q = estimated biologist is true that we are destroying species and the planet? R = First unclear to me what it means "Destroying the planet" this is a very common journalistic header and slogan usi ng various media, artists and intellectuals, and from my point of view has not b een reflected in an objective dimension, destroying the planet I think is out of reach. Through billions of years or geological cataclysms, or astronomical even ts have been destroying the planet, nor been able to stop the path of biological evolution. Could be a poorly structured communication attempt, perhaps concerns are not properly managing the resources of our environment and therefore we are deteriorating or changing to a greater or lesser extent the middle. But you go. that is actually referred. For example I have a friend who 15 years ago told us very strongly alarmed other friends and I from the dangers of plastics, in term s of environmental pollution and that the planet was actually in peligor of coll apse due to these contaminants. Fifteen years have passed and nothing has happen ed with the plastic and transcendental is but my friends have forgotten about it , now used as a protest against other things in the same apocalyptic context. I also think that some people have found (finally) a value activity and have selfappointed defenders of the planet, have taken the path of protecting the environ ment and the planet as a way to devote their lives to a higher work of humanitar ian level, and the like are finding reinforces his noble attitude. But these att itudes are worthy of respect only thing recommended is to avoid exaggeration bec ause we are not in danger of dying planet although it may be a good hobby. And i t is very easy to fall into situations out of place, the other day I was reading in this diariio of a teacher who had promoted a march power with their students as a way to link students with the reality you imagine. this barbarity, have wh en they learn in the classroom and make a hunger strike or to organize plants lo wer surface to teach the scientific method or manner of conducting studies that really have social impact or significance. Well, it is easier to protest that st udy, nor why. For example it is said that thousands of species are extinct and have not docume nted (them) about that, one, if, as well as hears (or reads) a single! and it is easier said than done. Or is it easier to structure slogans studies. For our go vernment is more comfortable situation because, as "all" we're killing the plane t "all" we have to remedy, thus avoiding responsibility for its main protagonist s, but Nadama Note the difference between political spending and spending devote d to environment. And we are waiting for the rain to fill the beds and the water tanks, but we are all destroying the forest then we do the work (but works!) To solve the problem. As we say the planet and is a mess and we are all guilty, or not?

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