Martin VASTRADE / Teacher/Researcher

UNamur-URBE-LEGE / Organism Biology and Ecology

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Main concerns: as a biologist, I know Earth history was compound of successive massive extinctions followed by recolonisations and biodiversity explosions. I was first quite confident about security of live on Earth, and quite sure that human-being would not be able to extinct life, even by wanting it. I was conviced our mistakes and carelessness could lead many species to disappear – probably including ours – but still some would remain and allow life to florish again. But now, knowing the greenhouse gas we release now is still going to warm up the environment for many years, knowing we are not going to stop pollution, and knowing life needs time to adapt, I am less and less confident. And still, acting to protect all the species that would be lost anyway, I think that worth it. Behind biodiversity, there is also the question of social justice. Africa is at higher risk of global warming consequences, when they are probably less responsible of the phaenomen, this is so unfair and revolting. And then, there is the question of the future generations. All children will live with the consequences of our negligence and unconcern. What kind of legacy do we want to offer? – Actions: I have no car, I did not use plane since at least 10 years, I travel by foot, bike or trains when it is possible, I try not to rely on someone else’s car that much. I try to eat less meat than previously, I privilege local and seasonal food. I try to reduce my waste production as possible. I plan to isolate my house, to start on permaculture, to become less dependant on big companies. – Difficulties: it is sometimes difficult to live on the countryside without a car, tempting to sometimes go for less eco-friendly food, and also very difficult to reduce waste production. – Key changes: to allow a kind of social justice, at smaller scale, and avoid the reaction “if they don’t care, me neither” to replace it by “if they care, I do so”, some practical measures could be implemented as laws. But this should not become a constrain for individual freedom, and people must be convinced these measures would beneficial for everyone. At first, awarness campaigns should be set up, as too many people still don’t feel concerned. Developpement of eco-freindly shops and public transports would also probably help, in my opinion.

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